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verb preach pronunciation in American English /pritʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypreach
he/she/itpreaches
present participlepreaching
past tensepreached
past participlepreached

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to talk about a religious subject at a religious meeting, especially in church
    preach a sermon: The Reverend Hugh McKeag preached the sermon.
    preach to: That afternoon he preached to three thousand people.
    preach about/against: People flocked to hear him preach about Jesus.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] showing disapproval to give people advice, or to tell them how to behave, in a way that annoys them
    I don’t mean to preach, but I think it’s time to get serious about your relationship.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to express a strong opinion and try to persuade other people to accept it
    Both my parents have always preached tolerance and moderation.
    preach the values/virtues/evils of something: He preaches the virtues of hard work.

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