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[preech] /pritʃ/
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.
1175-1225; Middle English prechen < Old French pre(ë)chier < Late Latin praedicāre to preach (Latin: to assert publicly, proclaim). See predicate
Related forms
outpreach, verb (used with object)
unpreached, adjective
5. advocate, profess, pronounce, expound. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for preached
  • He published many books and preached numerous sermons relating to men and religion.
  • It is a mistake, however, to imagine that they preached only oratorical sermons.
  • He preached the principle of equality for women by prohibiting purdah and sati.
  • He preached that individuals were, at least in part, responsible for their own salvation.
  • Religion according to local legend the gospel was preached there by st.
British Dictionary definitions for preached


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
Derived Forms
preachable, adjective
Word Origin
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 preached



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 preached


In addition to the idiom beginning with preach also see: practice what you preach
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