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catechize

[ kat-i-kahyz ]
/ ˈkæt ɪˌkaɪz /
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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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM catechize

cat·e·chiz·a·ble, adjectivecat·e·chi·za·tion, nouncat·e·chiz·er, nounun·cat·e·chized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for catechize

catechize

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 forms of catechize

catechist, 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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