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or (especially British) evangelise

[ih-van-juh-lahyz] /ɪˈvæn dʒəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), evangelized, evangelizing.
to preach the gospel to.
to convert to Christianity.
verb (used without object), evangelized, evangelizing.
to preach the gospel; act as an evangelist.
Origin of evangelize
1350-1400; Middle English evangelisen < Late Latin evangelizāre < Late Greek euangelízein. See evangel1, -ize
Related forms
evangelization, noun
evangelizer, noun
unevangelized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Our new converts in the plains of Shantung try to evangelize their stalwart neighbours.

  • To attempt to evangelize them was to fly in the face of Providence.

    The Bridge of the Gods Frederic Homer Balch
  • They have an equal right to make the same thorough and searching investigation of the proposition to evangelize the world.

    The Call of the World W. E. Doughty
  • There is no way to lift Europe so fast as to evangelize her sons who come to us.

  • This morning, Brother Spyke was ready to do battle with the whole heathen world, to drag it up into light, to evangelize it.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • I would go forth, methought, at once, and evangelize the whole of Flatland.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
  • Is this a hopeful work, this effort to evangelize the foreigners?

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • And this is the mode of colonizationists to evangelize Africa!

    Thoughts on African Colonization William Lloyd Garrison
British Dictionary definitions for evangelize


to preach the Christian gospel or a particular interpretation of it (to)
(intransitive) to advocate a cause with the object of making converts
Derived Forms
evangelization, evangelisation, noun
evangelizer, evangeliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for evangelize

late 14c., from Old French evangeliser "to spread or preach the Gospel," and directly from Medieval Latin or Late Latin evangelizare, from Greek euangelizesthai (see evangelist). Related: Evangelized; evangelizing; evangelization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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