Definition of preach verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    preach

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//priːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//priːtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preach
    BrE BrE//priːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//priːtʃ//
     
    he / she / it preaches
    BrE BrE//ˈpriːtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːtʃɪz//
     
    past simple preached
    BrE BrE//priːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//priːtʃt//
     
    past participle preached
    BrE BrE//priːtʃt//
     
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    -ing form preaching
    BrE BrE//ˈpriːtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːtʃɪŋ//
     
    Boredom, Moral
     
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  1. 1 [intransitive, transitive] to give a religious talk in a public place, especially in a church during a service She preached to the congregation about forgiveness. preach something The minister preached a sermon on the parable of the lost sheep.
  2. 2 [transitive, intransitive] to tell people about a particular religion, way of life, system, etc. in order to persuade them to accept it preach something to preach the word of God He preached the virtues of capitalism to us. preach (about something) She preached about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/​Christ/​Allah/​free will/​predestination/​heaven and hell/​an afterlife/​reincarnation be/​become a believer/​an atheist/​an agnostic/​a Christian/​Muslim/​Hindu/​Buddhist, etc. convert to/​practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/​Buddhism/​Catholicism/​Christianity/​Islam/​Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/​mosque/​synagogue/​gurdwara belong to a church/​a religious community join/​enter the church/​a convent/​a monastery/​a religious sect/​the clergy/​the priesthood praise/​worship/​obey/​serve/​glorify GodCelebrations and ritual attend/​hold/​conduct/​lead a service perform a ceremony/​a rite/​a ritual/​a baptism/​the Hajj/​a mitzvah carry out/​perform a sacred/​burial/​funeral/​fertility/​purification rite go on/​make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/​Easter/​Eid/​Ramadan/​Hanukkah/​Passover/​Diwali observe/​break the Sabbath/​a fast/​Ramadan deliver/​preach/​hear a sermon lead/​address the congregation say/​recite a prayer/​blessingReligious texts and ideas preach/​proclaim/​spread the word of God/​the Gospel/​the message of Islam study/​follow the dharma/​the teachings of Buddha read/​study/​understand/​interpret scripture/​the Bible/​the Koran/​the gospel/​the Torah be based on/​derive from divine revelation commit/​consider something heresy/​sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/​find/​gain enlightenment/​wisdom strengthen/​lose your faith keep/​practise/​practice/​abandon the faith save/​purify/​lose your soul obey/​follow/​keep/​break/​violate a commandment/​Islamic law/​Jewish law be/​accept/​do God’s will receive/​experience divine grace achieve/​attain enlightenment/​salvation/​nirvana undergo a conversion/​rebirth/​reincarnation hear/​answer a prayer commit/​confess/​forgive a sin do/​perform penance
  3. 3[intransitive] (disapproving) to give somebody advice on moral standards, behaviour, etc., especially in a way that they find annoying or boring I'm sorry, I didn't mean to preach. preach at somebody You're preaching at me again! See related entries: Boredom, Moral
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French prechier, from Latin praedicare ‘proclaim’, in ecclesiastical Latin ‘preach’, from prae ‘before’ + dicare ‘declare’.Extra examples He preached against the evils of drink. He preached on the need to tackle social problems. She preached to a large congregation. a church that is alive and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ preaching about freedom and democracyIdioms
    practise what you preach
     
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    to do the things yourself that you tell other people to do
    preach to the converted
     
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    to speak to people in support of views that they already hold
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