- Preach is defined as to give a speech or advice about morals or spirituality.
An example of preach is Martin Luther King Jr. giving his I Have a Dream speech.
- to speak in public on religious matters; give a sermon
- to give moral or religious advice, esp. in a tiresome manner
Origin of preachMiddle English prechen ; from Old French precher ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praedicare, to preach the gospel ; from Classical Latin to declare in public, admonish ; from prae-, pre- + dicare, to proclaim, akin to dicere, to say: see diction
- to expound or proclaim by preaching
- to advocate by or as by preaching; urge strongly or persistently
- to deliver (a sermon)
verbpreached, preach·ing, preach·es
- To proclaim or put forth in a sermon: preached the gospel.
- To advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with: preached tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
- To deliver (a sermon).
- To deliver a sermon.
- To give religious or moral instruction, especially in a tedious manner.
Origin of preachMiddle English prechen, from Old French preechier, from Late Latin praedicāre, from Latin, to proclaim : prae-, pre- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present preaches, present participle preaching, simple past and past participle preached)
- practice what one preaches
- preach to the choir
- preach to the converted