Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To free from ecclesiastical control; give over to laypeople.
  • transitive v. To change to lay status; secularize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To convert from church controlled to independent of the church; to secularize.
  • v. To reduce from clergy to layman.
  • v. To convert to lay status.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render lay; deprive of a clerical character or relation.

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

  • v. reduce to lay status

Etymologies

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From laic (“layperson”) +‎ -ize (“verbal suffix”).

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