Definition of “preach” - English Dictionary

“preach” in British English

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preachverb

uk /priːtʃ/ us /priːtʃ/

(Definition of “preach” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“preach” in American English

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preachverb [ 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.

(Definition of “preach” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)