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- (UK) catechise
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkætɪkaɪz/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkatɪkaɪz/
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- Hyphenation US: cat‧e‧chize, UK: cat‧ech‧ize
- To give oral instruction, especially of religion; now specifically by the formal question-and-answer method; in the Church of England, to teach the catechism as preparation for confirmation.
- To question at length.
1888, Henry James, The Modern Warning:
- She promised herself to ascertain thoroughly, after they should be comfortably settled in the ship, the animus with which the book was to be written. She was a very good sailor and she liked to talk at sea; there her husband would not be able to escape from her, and she foresaw the manner in which she should catechise him.
- 1910, Saki, ‘The Soul of Laploshka’, Reginald in Russia:
- Putting a strong American inflection into the French which I usually talked with an unmistakeable British accent, I catechized the Baron as to the date of the church's building, its dimensions, and other details which an American tourist would be certain to want to know.