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[sek-yuh-luh-rahyz] /ˈsɛk yə ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), secularized, secularizing.
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.
Also, especially British, secularise.
Origin of secularize
1605-15; secular + -ize
Related forms
secularization, noun
secularizer, noun
oversecularization, noun
oversecularize, verb (used with object), oversecularized, oversecularizing.
unsecularized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for secularize
  • When you secularize a religious holiday, you thoroughly trivialize it.
  • Their history has always been tax, spend, borrow and secularize the country.
British Dictionary definitions for secularize


verb (transitive)
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
secularization, secularisation, noun
secularizer, seculariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for secularize

1610s, of property, offices, etc., from secular + -ize. From 1711 as "to become worldly;" from 1846 of education, social institutions, etc. Related: Secularized; secularizing.

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