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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 ?
Let it wait and ripen," was her father's advice, and he practiced what he preached, having waited patiently thirty years for fruit of his own to ripen, and being in no haste to gather it even now when it was sweet and mellow.
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.
The next day, however, being the Sabbath, he preached a discourse which was held to be the richest and most powerful, and the most replete with heavenly influences, that had ever proceeded from his lips.
Nineteen hundred years that his words have been preached as divine, and here two armies of men are rending and tearing each other like the wild beasts of the forest
This, indeed, was a home,--home,--a word that George had never yet known a meaning for; and a belief in God, and trust in his providence, began to encircle his heart, as, with a golden cloud of protection and confidence, dark, misanthropic, pining atheistic doubts, and fierce despair, melted away before the light of a living Gospel, breathed in living faces, preached by a thousand unconscious acts of love and good will, which, like the cup of cold water given in the name of a disciple, shall never lose their reward.
For every walk is a sort of crusade, preached by some Peter the Hermit in us, to go forth and reconquer this Holy Land from the hands of the Infidels.
But then the Church came to the front, with an axe to grind; and she was wise, subtle, and knew more than one way to skin a cat -- or a nation; she invented "divine right of kings," and propped it all around, brick by brick, with the Beatitudes -- wrenching them from their good purpose to make them fortify an evil one; she preached (to the commoner) humility, obedience to superiors, the beauty of self-sacrifice; she preached
It kind of made him drunk, as you may say, and he didn't know nothing at all the rest of the day, and preached a prayer-meeting sermon that night that gave him a rattling ruputation, because the oldest man in the world couldn't a understood it.
It was dat ole nigger preacher dat tole it, de time he come over here fum Illinois en preached in de nigger church.
If the bodies continued missing until Sunday, all hope would be given over, and the funerals would be preached on that morning.
And everybody crowded back to Uncle Silas's little old church, and was ever so loving and kind to him and the family and couldn't do enough for them; and Uncle Silas he preached them the blamedest jumbledest idiotic sermons you ever struck, and would tangle you up so you couldn't find your way home in daylight; but the people never let on but what they thought it was the clearest and brightest and elegantest sermons that ever was; and they would set there and cry, for love and pity; but, by George, they give me the jim-jams and the fan-tods and caked up what brains I had, and turned them solid; but by and by they loved the old man's intellects back into him again, and he was as sound in his skull as ever he was, which ain't no flattery, I reckon.
Miss Nash has put down all the texts he has ever preached from since he came to Highbury.