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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.
cat′e·chiz′er n.


(ˈkætɪˌkaɪz) or


vb (tr)
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
ˌcateˈchistically adv
ˌcatechiˈzation, ˌcatechiˈsation n


(ˈkæt ɪˌkaɪz)

v. -chized, -chiz•ing. v.t.
1. to instruct or teach by use of catechism.
2. to question closely.
3. to instruct in catechism.
[1375–1425; < Late Latin catēchizāre < Greek katēchízein to teach orally, instruct, for earlier katēcheîn]
cat′e•chiz`er, n.


Past participle: catechized
Gerund: catechizing

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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.catechize - examine through questioning and answering
examine - question closely
2.catechize - give religious instructions to
instruct, teach, learn - impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"


[ˈkætɪkaɪz] VTcatequizar




[ˈkætɪˌkaɪz] vtcatechizzare
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Consequently, all must take care lest, in catechizing or in preaching the Word of God, they teach anything which is not in accord with the truth of the Gospel message or the spirit of Christ.
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