evangelize e*van"gel*ize ([-e]*v[a^]n"j[e^]l*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {evangelized} ([-e]*v[a^]n"j[e^]l*[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {evangelizing} ([-e]*v[a^]n"j[e^]l*[imac]*z[i^]ng)]. [F. ['e]vang['e]lisre, LL. evangelizare, fr. Gr. e'yaggeli`zesqai.] 1. To instruct in the gospel; to preach the gospel to; to convert to Christianity; as, to evangelize the world. [1913 Webster]

His apostles whom he sends To evangelize the nations. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: [metaphorical] To preach and attempt to convert (people) to one's firmly held belief. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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