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preachverb

uk   us   /priːtʃ/

preach verb (IN CHURCH)

[I or T] (especially of a priest in a church) to give a religious speech: Father Martin preached to the assembled mourners. During the sermon, he preached about the need for forgiveness.

preach verb (PERSUADE)

[T] to try to persuade other people to believe in a particular belief or follow a particular way of life: They preach the abolition of established systems but propose nothing to replace them.

preach verb (ADVISE)

[I] disapproving to give unwanted advice, especially about moral matters, in a boring way: He's such a pain - he's always preaching about the virtues of working hard and getting up early. My mother's always preaching at/to me about keeping my room tidy.
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