preach

verb
\ ˈprēch How to pronounce preach (audio) \
preached; preaching; preaches

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 debtAmer. Guide Series: Va.

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Other Words from preach

preachingly \ ˈprē-​chiŋ-​lē How to pronounce preachingly (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of preach in a Sentence

Have you ever heard that minister preach? The minister preached to the congregation about the need for tolerance. His followers listened to him preach the gospel. The priest preached a regular sermon that Sunday. Their mother has always preached the value of a good education. Practice what you preach—don't smoke if you tell your children not to smoke. The mayor continues to preach about the need for patience. I don't like being preached at about how I should live my life.
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Recent Examples on the Web She practices and preaches about the transformational power of beauty. Michelle Lee, Allure, "Editor's Letter: Why We Put Lady Gaga on Our Biggest Issue of the Year," 12 Sep. 2019 Guru Nanak stayed here or nearly three months and preached to the people of Patna. Sondeep Sankar, Quartz India, "In photos: A glorious history of Sikhism," 3 Sep. 2019 Harry can’t be preaching about the catastrophic effects of climate change whilst jetting around the world on a private plane. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "‘Hypocrites’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized for private jet travel: Diana ‘always flew commercial’," 15 Aug. 2019 Race equality must be practised in the academy, not just preached. Katy Sian, Quartz, "“Liberal racism” continues to plague Britain’s universities," 27 June 2019 These brands realize the power of not just preaching body diversity, but showing it—and are taking action. Gianluca Russo, Glamour, "Plus-Size Mannequins Are More Than Just a Viral Moment—They’re the Future," 27 June 2019 Back, both preaching sustainability but at two different price points. Josie Sexton, The Know, "A Denver burger spot wants to take on Shake Shack, In-N-Out with local, responsibly sourced beef," 29 Aug. 2019 But coaches are still preaching a next-man-up philosophy this week. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys QB Dak Prescott gave Cowboys RBs a message in Ezekiel Elliott’s absence," 28 July 2019 In Washington, at the climate conference, Hayhoe was preaching to the choir. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "One of America’s top climate scientists is an evangelical Christian. She’s on a mission to convert skeptics.," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of preach

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of preach was in the 13th century

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preach

verb
How to pronounce preach (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of preach

: 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

verb
\ ˈprēch How to pronounce preach (audio) \
preached; preaching

Kids Definition of preach

1 : to give a sermon
2 : to urge publicly preach patience

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