Catechize Definition

catechized, catechizes, catechizing
catechized, catechizes, catechizing
To teach, esp. in the principles of religion, by the method of questions and answers.
Webster's New World
To question searchingly or fully.
Webster's New World

Origin of Catechize

  • Middle English catecizen from Old French catechiser from Medieval Latin catēchizāre from Late Greek katēkhizein from Greek katēkhein kata- down, off, out cata– ēkhein to sound (from ēkhē sound)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin catechizare, from Ancient Greek κατηχίζειν (katēkhizein), from κατηχέω (katēkheō, “to teach (orally)”), from κατά (kata, “down”) + ἠχέω (ēcheō, “to sound, to resound”).

    From Wiktionary

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