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preach

 (prēch)
v. preached, preach·ing, preach·es
v.tr.
1. To proclaim or put forth in a sermon: preached the gospel.
2. To advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with: preached tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
3. To deliver (a sermon).
v.intr.
1. To deliver a sermon.
2. To give religious or moral instruction, especially in a tedious manner.
Idiom:
preach to the choir/converted
To argue in favor of a viewpoint already held by one's audience.

[Middle English prechen, from Old French preechier, from Late Latin praedicāre, from Latin, to proclaim : prae-, pre- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

preach′ing·ly adv.

preach

(priːtʃ)
vb
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to make known (religious truth) or give religious or moral instruction or exhortation in (sermons)
2. to advocate (a virtue, action, etc), esp in a moralizing way
[C13: from Old French prechier, from Church Latin praedicāre, from Latin: to proclaim in public; see predicate]
ˈpreachable adj

preach

(pritʃ)

v.t.
1. to proclaim or make known in a sermon.
2. to deliver (a sermon).
3. to advocate (moral principles, conduct, etc.) as right or advisable.
v.i.
4. to deliver a sermon.
5. to give earnest advice, esp. in an insistent, tedious, or moralizing way.
[1175–1225; Middle English prechen < Old French pre(ë)chier < Late Latin praedicāre to preach, Latin: to assert publicly, proclaim. See predicate]
preach′ing•ly, adv.

preach


Past participle: preached
Gerund: preaching

Imperative
preach
preach
Present
I preach
you preach
he/she/it preaches
we preach
you preach
they preach
Preterite
I preached
you preached
he/she/it preached
we preached
you preached
they preached
Present Continuous
I am preaching
you are preaching
he/she/it is preaching
we are preaching
you are preaching
they are preaching
Present Perfect
I have preached
you have preached
he/she/it has preached
we have preached
you have preached
they have preached
Past Continuous
I was preaching
you were preaching
he/she/it was preaching
we were preaching
you were preaching
they were preaching
Past Perfect
I had preached
you had preached
he/she/it had preached
we had preached
you had preached
they had preached
Future
I will preach
you will preach
he/she/it will preach
we will preach
you will preach
they will preach
Future Perfect
I will have preached
you will have preached
he/she/it will have preached
we will have preached
you will have preached
they will have preached
Future Continuous
I will be preaching
you will be preaching
he/she/it will be preaching
we will be preaching
you will be preaching
they will be preaching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been preaching
you have been preaching
he/she/it has been preaching
we have been preaching
you have been preaching
they have been preaching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been preaching
you will have been preaching
he/she/it will have been preaching
we will have been preaching
you will have been preaching
they will have been preaching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been preaching
you had been preaching
he/she/it had been preaching
we had been preaching
you had been preaching
they had been preaching
Conditional
I would preach
you would preach
he/she/it would preach
we would preach
you would preach
they would preach
Past Conditional
I would have preached
you would have preached
he/she/it would have preached
we would have preached
you would have preached
they would have preached
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.preach - deliver a sermon; "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"
evangelise, evangelize - preach the gospel (to)
lecture, talk - deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"
2.preach - speak, plead, or argue in favor of; "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"
urge, urge on, exhort, press - force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies"
preachify, sermonise, sermonize, moralise, moralize - speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements; "This man always sermonizes"

preach

verb
1. (often with to) deliver a sermon, address, exhort, evangelize, preach a sermon, orate The bishop preached to a huge crowd.
2. proclaim, explain, teach, spread, propagate, disseminate, expound, make known a humble man who preaches the word of God
3. urge, teach, champion, recommend, advise, counsel, advocate, exhort the movement preaches revolution
preach at someone lecture, admonish, harangue, sermonize, moralize against, preachify I can't stand being preached at.

preach

verb
1. To deliver a sermon, especially as a vocation:
2. To indulge in moral reflection, usually pompously:
Translations
يُعْطي مواعِظيَعِظ، يَكْرِزيوصي، يَحُثُّ على
dělat kázáníhlásatkázat
prædike
igét hirdetpapolprédikál
predikaráîleggja
pamokslautisakyti
ieteiktizteikt pamācībaslasīt sprediķipopularizētsludināt
hlásaťkázaťrobiť kázeň
pridigati
telkin etmekvaaz verir gibi konuşmakvaaz vermek

preach

[priːtʃ]
A. VT
1. (Rel) → predicar
to preach a sermondar un sermón
to preach the gospelpredicar el Evangelio
2. [+ virtues] → predicar; [+ patience] → aconsejar
see also practise B1
B. VIpredicar
to preach at sbsermonear a algn, dar un sermón a algn
to preach to the convertedquerer convertir a los que ya lo están

preach

[ˈpriːtʃ]
vt
(RELIGION)prêcher
to preach a sermon → prêcher un sermon
to preach the Gospel → prêcher l'Évangile
(fig) [+ peace, tolerance, socialism] → prêcher
to practise what you preach → prêcher par l'exemple, mettre en pratique ce que l'on prêche
vi
(RELIGION) [priest] → prêcher
to preach to sb → prêcher devant qn
to preach to the converted → prêcher un converti
(fig) (= moralize) → faire la morale
Don't preach! → Ne fais pas la morale!
to preach at sb → faire la morale à qn

preach

vtpredigen; (fig) advantages etcpropagieren; to preach a sermon (lit, fig)eine Predigt halten; to preach the gospeldas Evangelium verkünden
vi (= give a sermon, be moralistic)predigen; who is preaching today?wer predigt heute?, wer hält heute die Predigt?; to preach to/at somebodyjdm eine Predigt halten; to preach to the converted (prov) → offene Türen einrennen

preach

[priːtʃ]
1. vt (gen) → predicare; (sermon) → fare
2. vipredicare
to preach at sb → far la predica a qn
to preach to the converted (fig) → cercare di convincere chi è già convinto

preach

(priːtʃ) verb
1. to give a talk (called a sermon), usually during a religious service, about religious or moral matters. The vicar preached (a sermon) on/about pride.
2. to speak to someone as though giving a sermon. Don't preach at me!
3. to advise. He preaches caution.
ˈpreacher noun
References in classic literature ?
I'm going, so you needn't try to preach propriety, for you can't do it, Jo.
To preach, standing in the pulpit before the people, was always a hardship for him and from Wednesday morning until Saturday evening he thought of nothing but the two sermons that must be preached on Sunday.
For myself, and I say it with reverence to the ordering of Providence, it would be no great indulgence to be kept shut up in those mansions of which they preach, having a natural longing for motion and the chase.
For all his old age, and his one arm, and his blind eyes, he must die the death and be murdered, in order to light the gay bridals and other merry-makings of men, and also to illuminate the solemn churches that preach unconditional inoffensiveness by all to all.
They were of the triumphant and insolent possessors; they had a hall, and a fire, and food and clothing and money, and so they might preach to hungry men, and the hungry men must be humble and listen
I tell yer what, stranger, it was years and years before I'd jine the church, 'cause the ministers round in our parts used to preach that the Bible went in for these ere cuttings up,--and I couldn't be up to 'em with their Greek and Hebrew, and so I took up agin 'em, Bible and all.
You have no right to preach to me, you neophyte, that have not passed the porch of life, and are absolutely unacquainted with its mysteries.
I was not going there: we were journeying to hear the famous Jabez Branderham preach, from the text - 'Seventy Times Seven;' and either Joseph, the preacher, or I had committed the 'First of the Seventy-First,' and were to be publicly exposed and excommunicated.
She says, `Once when I was givin' th' children a bit of a preach after they'd been fightin' I ses to 'em all, "When I was at school my jography told as th' world was shaped like a orange an' I found out before I was ten that th' whole orange doesn't belong to nobody.
For it would not have been possible for the Raveloe mind, without a peculiar revelation, to know that a clergyman should be a pale-faced memento of solemnities, instead of a reasonably faulty man whose exclusive authority to read prayers and preach, to christen, marry, and bury you, necessarily coexisted with the right to sell you the ground to be buried in and to take tithe in kind; on which last point, of course, there was a little grumbling, but not to the extent of irreligion--not of deeper significance than the grumbling at the rain, which was by no means accompanied with a spirit of impious defiance, but with a desire that the prayer for fine weather might be read forthwith.
Now this was a good man, but no luck went with his teaching, which was hard to understand; and, moreover, the indunas did not like it, because it seemed to set a master over the master, and a king over the king, and to preach of peace to those whose trade was war.
I was so distraught with agony, and fear, and grief, that had our holy father Abraham come to preach to me, he had found but a deaf listener.