catechize definition by Webster's New World
- to teach, esp. in the principles of religion, by the method of questions and answers
- to question searchingly or fully
Origin: Middle English catecizen ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin catechizare ; from Classical Greek katēchizein: see catechetical
catechize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb cat·e·chized, cat·e·chiz·ing, cat·e·chiz·es
- To teach the principles of Christian dogma, discipline, and ethics by means of questions and answers.
- To question or examine closely or methodically: “Boswell was eternally catechizing him on all kinds of subjects” (Thomas Macaulay).
Origin: Middle English catecizen, from Old French catechiser, from Medieval Latin catēchizāre, from Late Greek katēkhizein, from Greek katēkhein : kata-, down, off, out; see cata- + ēkhein, to sound (from ēkhē, sound).
- catˌe·chi·zaˈtion noun
- catˈe·chizˌer noun