What does preach mean?

Definitions for preachpritʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preach, prophesy(verb)

    deliver a sermon

    "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"

  2. preach, advocate(verb)

    speak, plead, or argue in favor of

    "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"


  1. preach(Verb)

    Give a sermon.

  2. preach(Verb)

    Advocate or support verbally in an insisting, urging, or inciting manner.

  3. Origin: prechen, from precchier (Modern French prêcher), from praedicare, present active infinitive of praedico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preach(verb)

    to proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon

  2. Preach(verb)

    to give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher

  3. Preach(verb)

    to proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue

  4. Preach(verb)

    to inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching

  5. Preach(verb)

    to deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon

  6. Preach(verb)

    to teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching

  7. Preach(verb)

    to advise or recommend earnestly

  8. Preach

    a religious discourse

  9. Origin: [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. prcher, fr. L. praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim; prae before + dicare to make known, dicere to say; or perhaps from (assumed) LL. praedictare. See Diction, and cf. Predicate, Predict.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preach

    prēch, v.i. to pronounce a public discourse on sacred subjects: to discourse earnestly: to give advice in an offensive or obtrusive manner.—v.t. to publish in religious discourses: to deliver, as a sermon: to teach publicly.—n. (coll.) a sermon.—ns. Preach′er, one who discourses publicly on religious matter: a minister or clergyman; Preach′ership.—v.i. Preach′ify, to preach tediously: to weary with lengthy advice.—ns. Preach′ing, the act of preaching: a public religious discourse: a sermon; Preach′ing-cross, a cross in an open place at which monks, &c., preached.—n.pl. Preach′ing-frī′ars, the Dominicans.—n. Preach′ment, a sermon, in contempt: a discourse affectedly solemn.—adj. Preach′y, given to tedious moralising.—Preach down, and up, to decry, or the opposite. [Fr. prêcher (It. predicare)—L. prædicāre, -ātum, to proclaim.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'preach' in Verbs Frequency: #1056


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preach in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Confucius:

    He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.

  2. Lanny Poffo:

    I will preach to anybody that will listen but mostly I want to set a good example.

  3. Andy McIlvaine:

    I was very overwhelmed by the gesture and wanted to make them aware that they were doing a very good job and practicing what they preach.

  4. Bertrand Russell:

    We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.

  5. Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), "Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness":

    We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.

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