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verb     preach pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepreaching
past tensepreached
past participlepreached
  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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