Preach (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preached (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Preaching.] [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. precher, 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.]


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? Rom. x. 15.

From that time Jesus began to preach. Matt. iv. 17.


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


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Preach, v. t.


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. Isa. lxi. 1.


To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching.

"I have preached righteousness in the great congregation."

Ps. xl. 9.


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


To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.

[R.] "As ye are preached."



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.


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Preach, n. [Cf. F. preche, fr. precher. See Preach, v.]

A religious discourse.




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