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

transitive verb

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

Examples of catechize in a Sentence

her roommates catechized her about every detail of her first day at her new job applicants are rigorously catechized by the seminary's rector regarding their motives for joining the priesthood
Recent Examples on the Web Priests could not catechize children, bring the sacraments to the sick, or do pastoral work outside the local churchyard. George Weigel, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Catechize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cat·​e·​chize ˈkat-ə-ˌkīz How to pronounce catechize (audio)
catechized; catechizing
: to instruct by means of a catechism
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