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
Even after an injury to starting pitcher Danny Duffy, general manager Dayton Moore has preached patience.
Its teachers, half of them American, are forbidden to preach.
Brannon preached on the meaning of baptism as Hernandes interpreted, followed by prayer and Scripture reading.
Rev. Nina Barlow Schmid is seen preaching amidst the baby items collected for the organization.
Kalama said the offense preached patience, which resulted in a six-goal explosion in a pivotal third quarter.
That back draw mentality of grit and determination — one Stanhope preaches in his program — was a requirement for Komis on Friday, the second day of the state meet.
The exact toll of the war on scholars who preach Islam, but just not the kind the Taliban prefer, is hard to gauge.
If somebody is an imam in a mosque that is preaching hate and violence, they get dismissed.
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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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