Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To preach the gospel to.
  • transitive v. To convert to Christianity.
  • intransitive v. To preach the gospel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tell people about (a particular branch of) Christianity, especially in order to convert them
  • v. To be enthusiastic about something, and to attempt to share that enthusiasm with others

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To instruct in the gospel; to preach the gospel to; to convert to Christianity.
  • transitive v. To preach and attempt to convert (people) to one's firmly held belief.
  • intransitive v. To preach the gospel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To preach the gospel.
  • To bring as good tidings; announce as good news.
  • To instruct in the gospel; preach the gospel to; convert by preaching: as, to evangelize the heathen.
  • Also spelled evangelise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. convert to Christianity
  • v. preach the gospel (to)

Etymologies

From Old French évangéliser, from Latin evangelizare, from Ancient Greek εὐαγγελίζω (euangelizesthai) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The call to evangelize is based neither on compassion for Muslims (who, those most likely to actuallydo the evangelizing believe, would spend eternity in hell otherwise) nor on obedience to Jesus Christ (who commanded his followers to make disciples of every nation).

    Mission Researchers Respond to the Muslim Demographic Video

  • Seriously, if you have some kind of gospel you want preached, the usual place to evangelize is where the sinners are.

    Another Version of CSI

  • I'd rather Prof. Balkin "evangelize the living constitutuion" than have Brett's blind "worship of the Constitution as a sacred text".

    Balkinization

  • I think one way to evangelize is to get people to ask fundamental questions about humanity and reality.

    Per Christum Catholic Blog

  • Practically speaking, this is not a call to 'evangelize' the nation.

    Texas Faith: Believers and the Fourth of July | RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • And Michael Steele has got to do it by going after the best ideas, guys like Paul Ryan, who are the idea-makers, and really kind of evangelize on ideas that are actually transform this government and make it a better government and a smaller government for the American people.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2009

  • Lately I've been thinking about what it means to "evangelize," something we as Catholics are all called to do.

    Me? Evangelize?

  • By using the word evangelize, you’re continuing the fallacy that atheism is just another religious belief.

    Matthew Yglesias » The New Atheism

  • In an internal memo outlining the plan, Microsoft mobile chief Andy Lees is hoping that employees not only to use the phones, but "evangelize" them and develop apps for Windows Phone

    Pocket-lint

  • One can hope for greater unity and appreciation, but the history of these developments seems to be much more about a renewed vigor to "evangelize" Protestantism in the name of unity.

    Yahoo! News: Top Stories

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