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preach

verb [I/T]  us   /pritʃ/

preach verb [I/T] (SPEAK IN CHURCH)

to give a religious speech: [T] The minister preached a sermon on the need for forgiveness.

preach verb [I/T] (PERSUADE)

to try to persuade other people to do or accept something: [T] Should Liddy be allowed to preach hatred? To preach is also to try to persuade other people to have particular beliefs or behave in particular ways: [I] My mother’s always preaching at me about studying harder.
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