Definition of preach
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
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 — Amer. Guide Series: Va.
preachinglyplay \ˈprē-chiŋ-lē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of preach from the Web
But the most recent episode touched on a deeper anxiety in China, unleashing a reservoir of frustration about behavior toward Asians and the seemingly contradictory actions of a nation that preaches human rights.
A tape of Burrell preaching that message had circulated online.
The controversy erupted after a tape of Burrell preaching at Houston's Love & Liberty Fellowship Church circulated online and has drawn intense criticism for the award-winning gospel singer.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., perhaps the Giants players with the most incentive to take it easy and not get hurt, did what New York preached all week: played hard.
Despite its thuggish reputation, Mr. Bamukmin says that violence is prohibited and that members focus mainly on teaching and preaching.
The Faith, overseen by the High Sparrow, currently occupy the Sept, preaching their faith as well as imprisoning those who defy it, like the Queen Regent who recently was required to pay penance for her sins by walking naked through the streets.
A left radicalism that fails to debate its own standards, that counsels misdirection, that preaches avoidance, is really just a radicalism of convenience.
Tom Gorup, security operations leader at Rook Security in Indianapolis, advised preaching security to employees from the beginning.
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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
First Known Use: 13th century
PREACH Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of preach for Students
1 : to give a sermon
2 : to urge publicly preach patience
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