Preach Definition

preached, preaches, preaching
preached, preaches, preaching
To speak in public on religious matters; give a sermon.
Webster's New World
To expound or proclaim by preaching.
Webster's New World
To advocate by or as by preaching; urge strongly or persistently.
Webster's New World
To deliver (a sermon).
American Heritage
To give moral or religious advice, esp. in a tiresome manner.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) A religious discourse.

preach to the choir
  • To argue in favor of a viewpoint already held by one's audience.
American Heritage
preach to the choir
  • to direct arguments to a person or persons who already concur
Webster's New World

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Origin of Preach

  • Middle English prechen from Old French preechier from Late Latin praedicāre from Latin to proclaim prae- pre- dicāre to proclaim deik- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English prechen, from Old French precchier (Modern French prêcher), from Latin praedicāre, present active infinitive of praedicō.

    From Wiktionary

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