proselytize [präs′ə li tīz′, -ə līt′īz′]
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Proselytize is to preach your religion or beliefs especially to convert others, or to promote a certain course of action.
An example of proselytize is when you explain Christian theology to try to convince your Agnostic friend to join the Christian faith.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
, transitive verb proselytized, proselytizing
- to try to convert (a person), especially to one's religion
- to persuade to do or join something, especially by offering an inducement
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
, pros·e·ly·tiz·es verb, intransitive
- To induce someone to convert to one's own religious faith.
- To induce someone to join one's own political party or to espouse one's doctrine.
To convert (a person) from one belief, doctrine, cause, or faith to another.
- prosˌe·ly·ti·zaˈtion noun