preach Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb deliver a sermon
- The minister is not preaching this Sunday
verb speak, plead, or argue in favor of
- The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house
Preach intransitive verb
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.
Preach transitive verb
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. preacha sermon
To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.R. "As ye are preached." Southey.
To advise or recommend earnestly.
My master preaches patience to him. Shak.
A religious discourse.Obs. Hooker.