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tr.v. cat·e·chized, cat·e·chiz·ing, cat·e·chiz·es
1. To teach the principles of Christian dogma, discipline, and ethics by means of questions and answers.
2. To question or examine closely or methodically: "Boswell was eternally catechizing him on all kinds of subjects" (Thomas Macaulay).
[Middle English catecizen, from Old French catechiser, from Medieval Latin catēchizāre, from Late Greek katēkhizein, from Greek katēkhein : kata-, down, off, out; see cata- + ēkhein, to sound (from ēkhē, sound).]
cat′e·chi·za′tion (-kĭ-zā′shən) n.
1. to teach or examine by means of questions and answers
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to give oral instruction in Christianity, esp by using a catechism
3. to put questions to (someone)
[C15: from Late Latin catēchizāre, from Greek katēkhizein, from katēkhein to instruct orally, literally: to shout down, from kata- down + ēkhein to sound]
ˈcatechist, ˈcateˌchizer, ˈcateˌchiser n
ˌcateˈchistic, ˌcateˈchistical adj
ˌcatechiˈzation, ˌcatechiˈsation n
v. -chized, -chiz•ing. v.t.
1. to instruct or teach by use of catechism.
2. to question closely.v.i.
3. to instruct in catechism.
[1375–1425; < Late Latin catēchizāre < Greek katēchízein to teach orally, instruct, for earlier katēcheîn]
Past participle: catechized