verb (-tized; -tizing) Date: 1679 intransitive verb 1. to induce someone to convert to one's faith 2. to recruit someone to join one's party, institution, or cause transitive verb to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause • proselytization nounproselytizer noun

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  • Proselytize — Pros e*ly*tize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {proselytized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Proselytizing}.] To convert to some religion, system, opinion, or the like; to bring, or cause to come, over; to proselyte. [1913 Webster] One of those whom they endeavor to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proselytize — Pros e*ly*tize, v. i. To make converts or proselytes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proselytize — index convert (persuade), persuade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • proselytize — 1670s, to make proselytes, from PROSELYTE (Cf. proselyte) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Proselytized; proselytizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • proselytize — (Amer.) pros·e·lyt·ize || prÉ‘sɪlɪtaɪz / prÉ’s v. convert someone to another religion or opinion; convert to another religion or faith; enlist someone to one s cause (also proselytise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • proselytize — [v] convert, espouse accept, adopt, advocate, alter conviction, approve, be born again*, cause to adopt, change belief, convince, defend, embrace, get into*, persuade, stand behind*, sway, uphold; concepts 10,12,14,35 …   New thesaurus

  • proselytize — (also proselytise) ► VERB ▪ convert from one religion, belief, or opinion to another. DERIVATIVES proselytizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • proselytize — [präs′ə li tīz΄, präs′ə līt΄īz΄] vi., vt. proselytized, proselytizing 1. to try to convert (a person), especially to one s religion 2. to persuade to do or join something, especially by offering an inducement proselytizer n …   English World dictionary

  • proselytize — verb /ˈprɒs.əl.ɪ.taɪz,ˈprɒs.əl.ə.taɪz,ˈprɑ.sə.lɪ.taɪz,ˈprɑ.sə.lə.taɪz/ a) To encourage or induce people to join a religious movement, political party, or other cause or organization. I am not sent here to proselytize. My church is not in that… …   Wiktionary

  • proselytize — [[t]prɒ̱sɪlɪtaɪz[/t]] proselytizes, proselytizing, proselytized VERB If you proselytize, you try to persuade someone to share your beliefs, especially religious or political beliefs. [FORMAL] I assured him we didn t come here to proselytize... [V …   English dictionary

  • proselytize — UK [ˈprɒs(ə)lətaɪz] / US [ˈprɑs(ə)ləˌtaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms proselytize : present tense I/you/we/they proselytize he/she/it proselytizes present participle proselytizing past tense proselytized past participle… …   English dictionary

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