preach

preach
preach [pri:tʃ] v
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: prechier, from Late Latin praedicare, from Latin dicare 'to say publicly']
1.) [I and T]
to talk about a religious subject in a public place, especially in a church during a service
preach to
Christ began preaching to large crowds.
preach on/about
The vicar preached a sermon about the prodigal son.
He traveled the southern states, preaching the gospel .
2.) [T]
to talk about how good or important something is and try to persuade other people about this
Alexander has been preaching patience.
preach the virtues/merits/benefits of sth
a politician preaching the virtues of a free market
3.)
to give someone advice, especially about their behaviour, in a way that they think is boring or annoying
preach about
grown-ups preaching about the evils of drugs
4.) preach to the converted/choir
to talk about what you think is right or important to people who already have the same opinions as you
practise what you preach [i]atpractise

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • preach — preach·able; preach·er; preach·er·less; preach·er·ly; preach·er·ship; preach·ifi·ca·tion; preach·ify; preach·i·ly; preach·i·ness; preach·ment; un·preach; preach; preach·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • preach — [ pritʃ ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to talk about a religious subject at a religious meeting, especially in church: preach a sermon: The Reverend Hugh McKeag preached the sermon. preach to: That afternoon he preached to three… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Preach — Preach, v. t. 1. To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue. [1913 Webster] That Cristes gospel truly wolde preche. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preach´i|ly — preach|y «PREE chee», adjective, preach|i|er, preach|i|est. Informal. 1. inclined to preach: »Of the 1,400 odd books…many, of course, are teachy, preachy pills of moralism (Newsweek) …   Useful english dictionary

  • preach|y — «PREE chee», adjective, preach|i|er, preach|i|est. Informal. 1. inclined to preach: »Of the 1,400 odd books…many, of course, are teachy, preachy pills of moralism (Newsweek) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Preach — Preach, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preaching}.] [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. pr[^e]cher, fr. L. praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim; prae before + dicare to make known, dicere to say; or perhaps from (assumed) LL.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preach — Preach, n. [Cf. F. pr[^e]che, fr. pr[^e]cher. See {Preach}, v.] A religious discourse. [Obs.] Hooker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preach — (v.) late O.E. predician, a loan word from Church Latin, reborrowed 12c. as preachen, from O.Fr. prechier (11c.), from L.L. predicare to proclaim publicly, announce (in Medieval Latin to preach ), from L. prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + dicare …   Etymology dictionary

  • preach — [v1] speak publicly about beliefs address, deliver, deliver sermon, evangelize, exhort, give sermon, homilize, inform, minister, mission, missionary, orate, prophesy, pulpiteer, sermonize, talk, teach; concepts 51,285,367 preach [v2] lecture,… …   New thesaurus

  • preach — ► VERB 1) deliver a religious address to an assembled group of people. 2) earnestly advocate (a principle). 3) (preach at) give moral advice to (someone) in a self righteous way. DERIVATIVES preacher noun. ORIGIN Old French prechier, from Latin… …   English terms dictionary

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