What does preach mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preach, prophesyverb

    deliver a sermon

    "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"

  2. preach, advocateverb

    speak, plead, or argue in favor of

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


  1. preachverb

    Give a sermon.

  2. preachverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preachnoun

    A discourse; a religious oration.

    Etymology: presche, Fr. from the verb.

    This oversight occasioned the French spitefully to term religion in that sort exercised, a mere preach. Richard Hooker.

  2. To Preachverb

    The Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge, that the word of God was preached of Paul. Acts.

    There is not any thing publickly notified, but we may properly say it is preached. Richard Hooker.

    He oft to them preach’d
    Conversion and repentance. John Milton.

    Can they preach up equality of birth,
    And tell us how we all began from earth. John Dryden.

    Huge heaps of slain;
    Among the rest, the rich Galesus lies,
    A good old man while peace he preach’d in vain,
    Amidst the madness of th’ unruly train. Dryden.

  3. To PREACHverb

    To pronounce a publick discourse upon sacred subjects.

    Etymology: prædico, Lat. prescher, Fr.

    From that time Jesus began to preach. Mat. iv. 17.

    Prophets preach of thee at Jerusalem. Neh. vi. 7.

    Divinity would not pass the yard and loom, the forge or anvil, nor preaching be taken in as an easier supplementary trade, by those that disliked the pains of their own. D. of Pie.

    As he was sent by his father, so were the apostles commissionated by him to preach to the gentile world. D. of Piety.

    The shape of our cathedral is not proper for our preaching auditories, but rather the figure of an amphitheatre with galleries. John Graunt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preachverb

    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. Preachverb

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

  3. Preachverb

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

  4. Preachverb

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

  5. Preachverb

    to deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon

  6. Preachverb

    to teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching

  7. Preachverb

    to advise or recommend earnestly

  8. Preach

    a religious discourse

  9. Etymology: [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.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for preach »

  1. percha

  2. eparch

  3. aperch

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  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

Examples of preach in a Sentence

  1. Michael Waltz:

    This was a non-rejection rejection. At the end of the day, NBC is doing the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party and all of these companies that preach social justice here at home are turning a blind eye to it.

  2. Probarb:

    Every rich and famous who preach to the people to protect from C-Virus should first wear MASK on their mouth if this virus is real.

  3. Louis Farrakhan:

    It's the wicked Jews the false Jews that are promoting Lesbianism, homosexuality. It's wicked Jews, false Jews that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic.

  4. Brian Williams:

    The president was being urged by one member of the crowd to preach, he seemingly tried to at one point — borrowing almost a Richard Pryor delivery to deliver the degree of his disgust and disdain for the other side, the comments clearly aimed at Donald Trump.

  5. Kelly Osbourne:

    That’s why, like, I don’t give a f--k about cancel culture. I don’t give a f--k about what anyone thinks about me in that sense, like, if you think I’m a racist, fine. You think I’m a racist. I know who I am. I don’t care what you think of me. I care what [my cohost] Jeff thinks of me. I care what my family thinks of me. I don’t care what somebody hiding behind a computer and a fake Instagram page who puts up stuff where they don’t practice what they preach [thinks].

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