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Topic: RELIGION

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: prechier, from Late Latin praedicare, from Latin dicare 'to say publicly'

preach

verb
     
preach
1 [intransitive and transitive]RR to talk about a religious subject in a public place, especially in a church during a service
preach to
Christ began preaching to large crowds.
preach on/about
The vicar preached a sermon about the prodigal son.
He traveled the southern states, preaching the gospel.
2 [transitive] to talk about how good or important something is and try to persuade other people about this:
Alexander has been preaching patience.
preach the virtues/merits/benefits of something
a politician preaching the virtues of a free market
3 [intransitive] to give someone advice, especially about their behaviour, in a way that they think is boring or annoying
preach about
grown-ups preaching about the evils of drugs
4

preach to the converted/choir

to talk about what you think is right or important to people who already have the same opinions as you

➔ practise what you preach

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