transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to change from religious to civil ownership or use
- to deprive of religious character, influence, or significance
- to convert to secularism
- to release by church authority from religious vows and from connection with a monastery or similar religious institute; give secular status to
Origin of secularizeFrench séculariser from Ecclesiastical Late Latin saecularis: see secular
transitive verbsec·u·lar·ized, sec·u·lar·iz·ing, sec·u·lar·iz·es
- To transfer from ecclesiastical or religious to civil or lay use or ownership: “The … government … had secularized the charitable institutions of the Church” ( David I. Kertzer )
- To draw away from religious orientation; make worldly: a society that has become secularized.
- To lift the monastic restrictions from (a member of the clergy).
(third-person singular simple present secularizes, present participle secularizing, simple past and past participle secularized)
- To make secular.
secular +"Ž -ize