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evangelize

[ih-van-juh-lahyz] /ɪˈvæn dʒəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), evangelized, evangelizing.
1.
to preach the gospel to.
2.
to convert to Christianity.
verb (used without object), evangelized, evangelizing.
3.
to preach the gospel; act as an evangelist.
Also, especially British, evangelise.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English evangelisen < Late Latin evangelizāre < Late Greek euangelízein. See evangel1, -ize
Related forms
evangelization, noun
evangelizer, noun
unevangelized, adjective
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  • As you reach out across the world to evangelize the information age, people will listen.
  • People who feel they have smooth, manageable commutes tend to evangelize.
  • Gold suggests that vegetarians and carnivores can live in peace if they don't try to evangelize.
  • You've shown up on other blogs in the past few days in what appears to be an effort to evangelize plasma cosmology.
  • His screenplays evangelize the practice that almost killed him.
  • Adherents are required to evangelize and to follow a strict moral code.
  • The protesters warned the aid agencies against using relief items to evangelize in the country.
  • The protesters warned the aid agencies against using relief items to evangelize.
  • Communications: identify stakeholders, develop the value proposition, evangelize.
  • evangelize the power and capability of technology across the organization.
British Dictionary definitions for evangelize

evangelize

/ɪˈvændʒɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to preach the Christian gospel or a particular interpretation of it (to)
2.
(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
v.

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.

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