transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1611 1. to make secular 2. to transfer from ecclesiastical to civil or lay use, possession, or control 3. to convert to or imbue with secularism • secularization nounsecularizer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Secularize — Sec u*lar*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Secularized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Secularizing}.] [Cf. F. s[ e]culariser.] 1. To convert from regular or monastic into secular; as, to secularize a priest or a monk. [1913 Webster] 2. To convert from spiritual to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • secularize — (v.) 1610s, from SECULAR (Cf. secular) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Secularized; secularizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • secularize — (Amer.) sec·u·lar·ize || sekjÉ™lÉ™raɪz / kjÊŠl v. make secular; make nonreligious; make worldly (also secularise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • secularize — [sek′yə lə rīz΄] vt. secularized, secularizing [Fr séculariser < LL(Ec) saecularis: see SECULAR] 1. a) to change from religious to civil ownership or use b) to deprive of religious character, influence, or significance c) to convert to… …   English World dictionary

  • secularize — UK [ˈsekjʊləraɪz] / US [ˈsekjələrˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms secularize : present tense I/you/we/they secularize he/she/it secularizes present participle secularizing past tense secularized past participle secularized to make something… …   English dictionary

  • secularize — secular ► ADJECTIVE 1) not religious, sacred, or spiritual. 2) (of clergy) not subject to or bound by religious rule. 3) Astronomy denoting slow changes in the motion of the sun or planets. 4) Economics (of a fluctuation or trend) occurring or… …   English terms dictionary

  • secularize — secularization, n. secularizer, n. /sek yeuh leuh ruyz /, v.t., secularized, secularizing. 1. to make secular; separate from religious or spiritual connection or influences; make worldly or unspiritual; imbue with secularism. 2. to change… …   Universalium

  • secularize — verb To make secular …   Wiktionary

  • secularize — sec|u|lar|ize also secularise BrE [ˈsekjuləraız] v [T] to remove the control or influence of religious groups from a society or an institution >secularization [ˌsekjuləraıˈzeıʃən US rə ] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • secularize — sec|u|lar|ize [ sekjələr,aız ] verb transitive to make something less religious or stop it from being controlled by religion ╾ sec|u|lar|i|za|tion [ sekjələr, zeıʃn ] noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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