[ kat-i-kahyz ]
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verb (used with object),cat·e·chized, cat·e·chiz·ing.
  1. to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine.

  2. to question with reference to belief.

  1. to question closely.

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
  • Also especially British, cat·e·chise .

Other words for catechize

Other words from catechize

  • cat·e·chiz·a·ble, adjective
  • cat·e·chi·za·tion, noun
  • cat·e·chiz·er, noun
  • un·cat·e·chized, adjective

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How to use catechize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for catechize



/ (ˈkætɪˌkaɪz) /

  1. to teach or examine by means of questions and answers

  2. to give oral instruction in Christianity, esp by using a catechism

  1. to put questions to (someone)

Origin of catechize

C15: from Late Latin catēchizāre, from Greek katēkhizein, from katēkhein to instruct orally, literally: to shout down, from kata- down + ēkhein to sound

Derived forms of catechize

  • catechist, catechizer or catechiser, noun
  • catechistic or catechistical, adjective
  • catechistically, adverb
  • catechization or catechisation, noun

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