Meaning of evangelize in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈvan(d)ʒəlʌɪz/

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(also British evangelise)
[with object]
  • 1Convert or seek to convert (someone) to Christianity.

    ‘some small groups have been evangelized by Protestant missionaries’
    • ‘Jesus wants to teach all of us to evangelize our friends and family just as effectively as he evangelized his first followers.’
    • ‘They have firmly resisted attempts to evangelise their people.’
    • ‘In an age of globalization, renouncing the right to evangelize foreigners ultimately means renouncing the right to evangelize our next-door neighbors and even our own grandchildren.’
    • ‘Obviously you don't evangelise cultures, you evangelise people within a culture.’
    • ‘Another thing that must be noted in these chapters in Acts was the fact that Paul was in no way going out to evangelise the heathen who had no contact with the good news.’
    • ‘We grow relationships in the church not to evangelise people, not to drag them in the church, but just because we want to.’
    • ‘As time went on, however, the church began baptizing infants and then sought to evangelize them over time so that they would experience conversion.’
    • ‘The hope would be that they'll go out in teams evangelising other young people.’
    • ‘Large numbers of European Christian ministers traveled to the continent to evangelize the indigenous people.’
    • ‘They were evangelized by missionaries with a strong affiliation with one party.’
    • ‘Further, the council called on the entire church to evangelize the modern world through renewal of the laity's role.’
    convert, proselytize, bring to Christ, bring to God, bring to Jesus, bring into the fold, redeem, save, make someone change their beliefs, make someone change their mind, make someone see the light, spread the faith, spread the gospel, spread the word, spread the faith to, spread the gospel to, spread the word to, preach, preach to, make converts, seek converts, make converts among, seek converts among, act as a missionary
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    1. 1.1no object Preach the gospel.
      ‘the Church has a mission to evangelize and declare the faith’
      • ‘We should go out to preach and evangelise, realising that only the Lord can remove the veil of unbelief.’
      • ‘The church that does not evangelise must surely fossilise!’
      • ‘He has further left no doubt about the Church's universal mandate to evangelize, contending that evangelization and inter-religious dialogue need not be mutually exclusive.’
      • ‘Although the church is young, church leaders have begun to recognise their responsibility to evangelise.’
      • ‘The December evangelistic ET offers an uncomplicated way to evangelise on a regular annual basis, and we prayerfully commend it to readers and churches alike.’
      • ‘The ministry exists to help upbuild members in their faith so that they can evangelise, instruct others and fulfil their vocation of prayer.’
      • ‘They evangelised vigorously, and the gospel became a talking point throughout the area.’
      • ‘Offer a clear, plain exposition of the charge given by Jesus: go - evangelize - teach.’
      • ‘Even those who have moved away from or expanded the definition of ‘conservative evangelicalism’ have not lost the impulse to evangelize, he says.’
      • ‘We know that we are called to evangelize, but it's important to know also that evangelization is far more than stating some historical facts about Jesus.’
      • ‘However, as a result of her persistent witnessing I was ripe for the harvest when a new church came to our city and began evangelising.’
      • ‘As a result of this new understanding I came more and more to experience a new peace in difficult circumstances, a new confidence and trust when praying and evangelizing, and a new depth to both prayer and service.’
      • ‘Whether it was dramatic, like Paul's, or profound in its simplicity, frequently recalling it will help you fight against temptation and doubt and better equip you to evangelize when the opportunity arises.’
      • ‘As we are sent by the same Lord, as we go forth in the name of the same Lord, as we proclaim the same Lord, so we ought to evangelize with one another rather than against one another.’
      • ‘Kids Hope USA mentors must pledge not to evangelize on school grounds.’
      • ‘How could I evangelize boldly and confidently when filled with doubts about the very Bible that was the basis of my faith?’
      • ‘To evangelize, we must allow the testimony of God, of the apostles, and of the Church to speak through us.’
      give a sermon, deliver a sermon, sermonize, spread the gospel, evangelize, address, speak
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Late Middle English from ecclesiastical Latin evangelizare, from Greek euangelizesthai, from euangelos (see evangel).