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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.   --Isa. lxi. 1.
 2. To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching. “I have preached righteousness in the great congregation.”
 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.”
 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.