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Meaning of PREACH

Pronunciation:  preech

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  speak, plead, or argue in favour of; "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"
  2. [v]  deliver a sermon; "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"

PREACH is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: advocate, prophesy
 See Also: evangelise, evangelize, exhort, lecture, moralise, moralize, preachify, press, sermonise, sermonize, talk, urge, urge on



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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. praedictare. See {Diction}, and cf.
    {Predicate}, {Predict}.]
    1. To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim
       the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject,
       or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon.
             How shall they preach, except they be sent? --Rom.
                                                   x. 15.
             From that time Jesus began to preach. --Matt. iv.
    2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse
       in the manner of a preacher.
  2. \Preach\, v. t.
    1. To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a
       formal religious harangue.
             That Cristes gospel truly wolde preche. --Chaucer.
             The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings
             unto the meek.                        --Isa. lxi. 1.
    2. To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness
       by public teaching. ``I have preached righteousness in the
       great congregation.'' --Ps. xl. 9.
    3. To deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon.
    4. To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.
       [R.] ``As ye are preached.'' --Southey.
    5. To advise or recommend earnestly.
             My master preaches patience to him.   --Shak.
    {To preach down}, to oppress, or humiliate by preaching.
    {To preach up}, to exalt by preaching; to preach in support
       of; as, to preach up equality.
  3. \Preach\, n. [Cf. F. pr[^e]che, fr. pr[^e]cher. See
    {Preach}, v.]
    A religious discourse. [Obs.] --Hooker.
Thesaurus Terms
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