from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To free from ecclesiastical control; give over to laypeople.
  • transitive verb To change to lay status; secularize.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To render lay; deprive of a clerical character or relation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To convert from church controlled to independent of the church; to secularize.
  • verb transitive To reduce from clergy to layman.
  • verb intransitive To convert to lay status.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb reduce to lay status


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From laic (“layperson”) +‎ -ize (“verbal suffix”).


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