Preach v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preached p. pr. & vb. n. Preaching.]
1. 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.
2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.
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.
Preach, n. A religious discourse. [Obs.]
v 1: deliver a sermon; "The minister is not preaching this
Sunday" [syn: prophesy]
2: speak, plead, or argue in favour of; "The doctor advocated a
smoking ban in the entire house" [syn: advocate]