- 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: Middle English prechen from Old French precher from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praedicare, to preach the gospel from L, to declare inch(es) public, admonish from prae-, pre- plush 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)
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verb preached, preach·ing, preach·es verb, transitive
- 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: Middle 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.
- preachˈing·ly adverb