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preach

[ preech ]
/ pritʃ /
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verb (used with object)

to proclaim or make known by sermon (the gospel, good tidings, etc.).
to deliver (a sermon).
to advocate or inculcate (religious or moral truth, right conduct, etc.) in speech or writing.

verb (used without object)

to deliver a sermon.
to give earnest advice, as on religious or moral subjects or the like.
to do this in an obtrusive or tedious way.

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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
outpreach, verb (used with object)un·preached, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preach

preach
/ (priːtʃ) /

verb

to make known (religious truth) or give religious or moral instruction or exhortation in (sermons)
to advocate (a virtue, action, etc), esp in a moralizing way
preachable, adjective
C13: from Old French prechier, from Church Latin praedicāre, from Latin: to proclaim in public; see predicate
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Idioms and Phrases with preach

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