preach

verb \ ˈprēch \

Definition of preach

intransitive verb
1 :to deliver a sermon
2 :to urge acceptance or abandonment of an idea or course of action; specifically :to exhort in an officious or tiresome manner
transitive verb
1 :to set forth in a sermon
  • preach the gospel
2 :to advocate earnestly
  • preached revolution
3 :to deliver (something, such as a sermon) publicly
4 :to bring, put, or affect by preaching
  • preached the … church out of debt
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preacher

noun

preachingly

play \ˈprē-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of preach in a Sentence

  1. Have you ever heard that minister preach?

  2. The minister preached to the congregation about the need for tolerance.

  3. His followers listened to him preach the gospel.

  4. The priest preached a regular sermon that Sunday.

  5. Their mother has always preached the value of a good education.

  6. Practice what you preach—don't smoke if you tell your children not to smoke.

  7. The mayor continues to preach about the need for patience.

  8. I don't like being preached at about how I should live my life.

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Origin and Etymology of preach

Middle English prechen, from Anglo-French precher, from Late Latin praedicare, from Latin, to proclaim, make known, from prae- pre- + dicare to proclaim — more at diction

preach Synonyms

Synonyms
sermonize
Related Words
evangelize; lecture, platitudinize, preachify


PREACH Defined for English Language Learners

preach

verb

Definition of preach for English Language Learners

  • : to make a speech about religion in a church or other public place : to deliver a sermon

  • : to write or speak about (something) in an approving way : to say that (something) is good or necessary

  • : to write or speak in an annoying way about the right way to behave


PREACH Defined for Kids

preach

verb \ ˈprēch \

Definition of preach for Students

preached; preaching
1 :to give a sermon
2 :to urge publicly
  • preach patience


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