\ ˈprēch \
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

preacher noun
preachingly \ ˈprē-​chiŋ-​lē \ 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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This is an important message regardless of context, but there is a reason that Brown made sure to preach it in her video. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Millie Bobby Brown's Anti-Bullying Speech Isn't The Whole Story," 19 June 2018 The passionate preacher, however, initially believed his invitation to preach was an April Fools’ joke. Niki Mcgloster,, "At First, Bishop Curry Believed Invitation To Preach At The Royal Wedding Was A Joke," 22 May 2018 Along the way, Miller stopped to preach and sell books to raise money for local animal welfare groups. Kim Chatelain,, "Covington priest takes off on televangelist Jesse Duplantis' $54 million drive to buy jet," 31 May 2018 Church has streamed worship, preaching and prayer 24 hours a day through its website. The Economist, "Alexa, who is God? A new app aims to win over agnostics," 23 May 2018 Barbecue enthusiasts preach the low-and-slow method and brag on the length of their cooking times, but the pitmaster at the Dakota East Side Ice House takes his brisket to extremes, making it nearly an all-day process. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio pitmaster makes cooking brisket a nearly 24-hour affair," 14 May 2018 Cannon herself grew up in a Catholic family that preached abstinence or bust. Eliza Berman, Time, "Blockers Sets the Record Straight on Teenage Girls and Sex," 5 Apr. 2018 There’s Good News to preach, and hard work to be done. Matt Gallagher, WIRED, "Army of 01101111: The Making of a Cyber Battalion," 27 Mar. 2018 Fellow lawmaker Bolsonaro, a former Army captain, has been preaching the gospel of gun rights as part of his law-and-order pitch to voters. David Biller,, "People Are Ready to Buy Some Guns in the World’s Murder Capital," 20 Mar. 2018

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

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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


\ ˈprēch \
preached; preaching

Kids Definition of preach

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

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