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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from catechize

catechization \ˌka-ti-kə-ˈzā-shən \ noun
catechizer \ˈka-tə-ˌkī-zər \ noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about catechize

Statistics for catechize

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for catechize

The first known use of catechize was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on catechize

See words that rhyme with catechize

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for catechize

Comments on catechize

What made you want to look up catechize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!