[ kat-i-kahyz ]
/ ˈkæt ɪˌkaɪz /

verb (used with object), cat·e·chized, cat·e·chiz·ing.

to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine.
to question with reference to belief.
to question closely.

Nearby words

  1. catechetical,
  2. catechin,
  3. catechise,
  4. catechism,
  5. catechist,
  6. catechol,
  7. catecholamine,
  8. catechu,
  9. catechumen,
  10. categorematic

Also especially British, cat·e·chise.

Origin of catechize

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

SYNONYMS FOR catechize
Related formscat·e·chiz·a·ble, adjectivecat·e·chi·za·tion, nouncat·e·chiz·er, nounun·cat·e·chized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catechise



/ (ˈkætɪˌkaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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 Formscatechist, catechizer or catechiser, nouncatechistic or catechistical, adjectivecatechistically, adverbcatechization or catechisation, noun

Word Origin for catechize

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 catechise
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