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verb (used with object)
  1. to proclaim or make known by sermon (the gospel, good tidings, etc.).
  2. to deliver (a sermon).
  3. to advocate or inculcate (religious or moral truth, right conduct, etc.) in speech or writing.
verb (used without object)
  1. to deliver a sermon.
  2. to give earnest advice, as on religious or moral subjects or the like.
  3. to do this in an obtrusive or tedious way.

Origin of preach

1175–1225; Middle English prechen < Old French pre(ë)chier < Late Latin praedicāre to preach (Latin: to assert publicly, proclaim). See predicate
Related formsout·preach, verb (used with object)un·preached, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for preach


  1. 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
Derived Formspreachable, adjective

Word Origin for preach

C13: from Old French prechier, from Church Latin praedicāre, from Latin: to proclaim in public; see predicate
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Word Origin and History for preach

at first in late Old English predician, a loan word from Church Latin; reborrowed 12c. as preachen, from Old French preechier "to preach, give a sermon" (11c., Modern French précher), from Late Latin praedicare "to proclaim publicly, announce" (in Medieval Latin "to preach"), from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + dicare "to proclaim, to say" (see diction). Related: Preached; preaching. To preach to the converted is recorded from 1867 (form preach to the choir attested from 1979).

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Idioms and Phrases with preach


In addition to the idiom beginning with preach

  • preach to the converted

also see:

  • practice what you preach
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