Definition of evangelize in English:

evangelize

Line breaks: evan¦gel|ize
Pronunciation: /ɪˈvan(d)ʒ(ə)lʌɪz
 
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(also evangelise)

verb

[with object]
1Convert or seek to convert (someone) to Christianity: some small groups have been evangelized by Protestant missionaries
More example sentences
  • The fastest-growing Alliance churches are Chinese, especially among newly arrived Chinese Christians evangelizing their own people.
  • Jesus wants to teach all of us to evangelize our friends and family just as effectively as he evangelized his first followers.
  • Others like Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya Yemen and Saudi Arabia have firmly resisted attempts to evangelise their people.
Synonyms
convert, proselytize, bring to God/Christ/Jesus, bring into the fold, redeem, save, make someone change their beliefs/mind, make someone see the light, spread the gospel/faith/word (to), preach (to), seek/make converts (among), act as a missionary; crusade, campaign; win over, recruit; North Americanproselyte
1.1 [no object] Preach the gospel: the Church has a mission to evangelize and declare the faith
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  • We should go out to preach and evangelise, realising that only the Lord can remove the veil of unbelief.
  • The church that does not evangelise must surely fossilise!
  • He has further left no doubt about the Church's universal mandate to evangelize, contending that evangelization and inter-religious dialogue need not be mutually exclusive.

Origin

late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin evangelizare, from Greek euangelizesthai, from euangelos (see evangel).

Derivatives

evangelization

Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • He has further left no doubt about the Church's universal mandate to evangelize, contending that evangelization and inter-religious dialogue need not be mutually exclusive.
  • Equally surprising, Catholic clergy have been seeking advice from Presbyterian pastors on strategies for evangelization and church growth.
  • Recent popes have been calling the Catholic Church to a new evangelization.

evangelizer

noun
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  • It is obvious that the laity do have to be energized to become evangelizers, reminded of their history in the extended sense.
  • I would use other language, never having been able to settle in to a simple, relaxed universalism, being a sort of evangelizer at heart who rejoices in the open embrace of Christ among all the peoples.
  • His hunger was gone, and he was his own boss who could appoint the evangelizer as his helper.

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