What does preach mean?

Definitions for preach
pritʃpreach

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. preachverb

    Give a sermon.

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

  2. preachverb

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

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

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

    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.]

  2. Preachverb

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

    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.]

  3. Preachverb

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

    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.]

  4. Preachverb

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

    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.]

  5. Preachverb

    to deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon

    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.]

  6. Preachverb

    to teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching

    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.]

  7. Preachverb

    to advise or recommend earnestly

    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.]

  8. Preach

    a religious discourse

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

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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. Proverb:

    Many people preach righteousness and perform sins.

  2. Joe Manchins:

    I've been pretty clear on that, voting is the bedrock of our democracy. Open, fair, secured voting. We used to go around the world and explain and show and observe voting procedures in a democracy. And now if we can't practice what we preach, we are going to basically do an overhaul, an 800-page overhaul of the voting rights.

  3. Le Pen:

    Urgent action is needed, islamist fundamentalism must be annihilated, France must ban Islamist organizations, close radical mosques and expel foreigners who preach hatred in our country as well as illegal migrants who have nothing to do here.

  4. Confucius:

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

  5. Mawlavi Abdullah Mohammad:

    We [ act ] with accordance to Sharia law, firstly, we inform people about good deeds. We preach to them and deliver the message to them in a nice way ; the second time we repeat to them, again ; the third time we speak to them slightly harshly.

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