[ sek-yuh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈsɛk yə ləˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), sec·u·lar·ized, sec·u·lar·iz·ing.
to make secular; separate from religious or spiritual connection or influences; make worldly or unspiritual; imbue with secularism.
to change (clergy) from regular to secular.
to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use.
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Also especially British, sec·u·lar·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM secularizesec·u·lar·i·za·tion [sek-yuh-luh-rahy-zey-shuhn] /ˌsɛk yə lə raɪˈzeɪ ʃən/ nounsec·u·lar·iz·er, nouno·ver·sec·u·lar·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·sec·u·lar·ized, o·ver·sec·u·lar·iz·ing.un·sec·u·lar·ized, adjective
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How to use secularize in a sentence
It did ... An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them.After a Crushing Defeat, the Religious Right Still Won’t Get It Right|David Sessions|November 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The now secularized convent and its triple church have all the characteristics of a medival fortress when viewed from afar.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car|Francis Miltoun
Philosophy has not only deified the world and inspired it with a soul, but has also secularized God and the souls.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy|Joseph Dietzgen
It was a melancholy work to have brought home a missionary, and secularized a parish priest!Hopes and Fears|Charlotte M. Yonge
Most of the missions had been secularized, the Indians had become assimilated, and there was a considerable white population.The Colonization of North America|Herbert Eugene Bolton
Moreover, the bulk of Church property having been secularized, the Italian clergy receive a stipend from the state.
British Dictionary definitions for secularize
/ (ˈsɛkjʊləˌraɪz) /
to change from religious or sacred to secular functions, etc
to dispense from allegiance to a religious order
law to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use
English legal history to transfer (an offender) from the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts to that of the civil courts for the imposition of a more severe punishment
Derived forms of secularizesecularization or secularisation, nounsecularizer or seculariser, noun
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