evangelize (evangelizes, present participle evangelizing; past and past participle evangelized)

  1. To tell people about (a particular branch of) Christianity, especially in order to convert them; to preach the gospel to.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book X ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, lines 1389–1390:
      his Apoſtles, whom he ſends To evangelize the Nations
  2. To preach any ideology to those who have not yet been converted to it.
    • 2002, Ergun Mehmet Caner, Emir Fethi Caner, Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs, page 11:
      […] nor is it the task of the Muslim to "evangelize" the unbelieving world.
  3. To be enthusiastic about something, and to attempt to share that enthusiasm with others; to promote.
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