Preach Preach, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preaching}.] [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. pr[^e]cher, fr. L. praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim; prae before + dicare to make known, dicere to say; or perhaps from (assumed) LL. praedictare. See {Diction}, and cf. {Predicate}, {Predict}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

How shall they preach, except they be sent? --Rom. x. 15. [1913 Webster]

From that time Jesus began to preach. --Matt. iv. 17. [1913 Webster]

2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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