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From Middle English prechen, from Old French precchier (Modern French prêcher), from Latin praedicāre, present active infinitive of praedicō.

Compare Saterland Frisian preetje ‎(to preach), West Frisian preekje ‎(to preach), Dutch preken ‎(to preach), German Low German preken ‎(to preach).



preach ‎(third-person singular simple present preaches, present participle preaching, simple past and past participle preached)

  1. (intransitive) To give a sermon.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
    A local Muslim used to preach from the Quran and hadith.
  2. (transitive) To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue.
    • Bible, Isa. lxi. 1
      The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek.
  3. (transitive) To advise or recommend earnestly.
    • Shakespeare
      My master preaches patience to him.
  4. (transitive) To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.
    • Southey
      As ye are preached.

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preach ‎(plural preaches)

  1. (obsolete) A religious discourse.
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