A preacher delivering a sermon.
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 L, 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)
preach to the choir
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
From Middle English prechen, from Old French precchier (Modern French prÃªcher), from Latin praedicÄre, present active infinitive of praedicÅ.