Catechize meaning

kătĭ-kīz
To teach the principles of Christian dogma, discipline, and ethics by means of questions and answers.
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To question or examine closely or methodically.
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To teach, esp. in the principles of religion, by the method of questions and answers.
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To question searchingly or fully.
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To give oral instruction, especially of religion; now specifically by the formal question-and-answer method; in the Church of England, to teach the catechism as preparation for confirmation.
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To question at length.
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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