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. Titus Maccius Plautus:

    Practice yourself what you preach.

  2. Saint Francis of Assisi:

    Preach the gospel at all times -- If necessary, use words.

  3. Confucius:

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

  4. Saint Francis of Assisi:

    It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

  5. Epictetus:

    Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.

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