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[kat-i-kahyz] /ˈkæt ɪˌkaɪz/
verb (used with object), catechized, catechizing.
to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine.
to question with reference to belief.
to question closely.
Also, especially British, catechise.
Origin of catechize
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin catēchizāre < Greek katēchízein to make (someone) learn by teaching orally, equivalent to katēch(eîn) to teach orally (see catechist) + -izein -ize
Related forms
catechizable, adjective
catechization, noun
catechizer, noun
uncatechized, adjective
3. interrogate, quiz, examine, probe. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to teach or examine by means of questions and answers
to give oral instruction in Christianity, esp by using a catechism
to put questions to (someone)
Derived Forms
catechist, catechizer, catechiser, noun
catechistic, catechistical, adjective
catechistically, adverb
catechization, catechisation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin catēchizāre, from Greek katēkhizein, from katēkhein to instruct orally, literally: to shout down, from kata- down + ēkhein to sound
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Word Origin and History for catechize

early 15c., from Church Latin catechizare "to teach by word of mouth" (also source of French catéchiser, Spanish catequizar, Italian catechizzare), from Greek katekhizein "teach orally, instruct by word of mouth," from katekhein "to resound" (see catechesis). Related: Catechized; catechizing.

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