Definitions for preachpritʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to proclaim or make known in a sermon.

  2. to deliver (a sermon).

  3. to advocate (moral principles, conduct, etc.) as right or advisable.

  4. (v.i.)to deliver a sermon.

  5. to give earnest advice, esp. in an insistent, tedious, or moralizing way.

Origin of preach:

1175–1225; ME prechen < OF pre(ë)chier < LL praedicāre to preach, L: to assert publicly, proclaim. See predicate


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. preach(verb)ʃ

    to talk to people about God and a religion

    a minister preaching to his congregation; to preach a sermon

  2. preachʃ

    to try to convince people to behave or live in a particular way

    groups that preach hatred/tolerance; I hate it when you preach.


  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

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Translations for preach

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give a talk (called a sermon), usually during a religious service, about religious or moral matters

The vicar preached (a sermon) on/about pride.

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