cat·​e·​chize | \ˈka-tə-ˌkīz \
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 \ noun
catechizer \ˈka-​tə-​ˌkī-​zər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for catechize


ask, grill, inquire (of), interrogate, query, question, quiz


answer, reply, respond

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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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