cat·​e·​chize | \ ˈka-tə-ˌkīz How to pronounce catechize (audio) \
catechized; catechizing

Definition of catechize

transitive verb

1 : to instruct systematically especially by questions, answers, and explanations and corrections specifically : to give religious instruction in such a manner
2 : to question systematically or searchingly

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Other Words from catechize

catechization \ ˌka-​ti-​kə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce catechization (audio) \ noun
catechizer \ ˈka-​tə-​ˌkī-​zər How to pronounce catechizer (audio) \ noun

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Examples of catechize in a Sentence

her roommates catechized her about every detail of her date with her new boyfriend applicants are rigorously cathechized by the seminary's rector regarding their motives for joining the priesthood

First Known Use of catechize

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for catechize

Late Latin catechizare, from Greek katēchein to teach, literally, to din into, from kata- cata- + ēchein to resound, from ēchē sound — more at echo

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“Catechize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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