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Preach, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preached; p. pr. & vb. n. Preaching.] Etym: [oe. prechen, of. preechier, f. prêcher, fr. L. praedicare to Cry in public, to proclaim; prae before + dicare to make known, Dicere to say; or perhaps from (assumed) ll. praedictare. See Diction, and cf. Predicate, predict.]

1. To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim the Gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject, or from a text of scripture; to deliver a sermon.
How shall they preach, except they be sent. Romans 10:15
From that time Jesus began to preach. Matthew 4:17

2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.

Preach, v. t.

1. To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue.
That Cristes gospel truly wolde preche. Chaucer.
The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek. Isaiah 61:1

2. To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching.
"I have preached righteousness in the great congregation."
Psalm 36 (37 G) / Psalm 39:10

3. To deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon.

4. To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching. [r.]
"as ye are preached." Southey.

5. To advise or recommend earnestly.
My master preaches patience to him. Shak.
To preach down, to oppress, or humiliate by preaching. Tennyson.
-- to preach up, to exalt by preaching; to preach in support of; as,
To preach up equality.

Preach, n. Etym: [cf. F. prêche, fr. prêcher. See preach, v.]

Defn: a religious discourse. [obs.] Hooker.


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