Definition of catechize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatɪkʌɪz/
(also catechise)


[with object]
1Instruct (someone) in the principles of Christian religion by means of question and answer, typically by using a catechism.
Example sentences
  • The natural sorting process tells us something about how we need to catechize teenagers.
  • To save Shaw from hell-fire, a friend prevailed on a Roman Catholic priest to catechize the upstart Atheist.
  • I work in the beautiful new Cathedral, evangelizing and catechizing the children of two recently merged parish communities (one English, one Spanish).
1.1 figurative Put questions to or interrogate (someone): Mrs Garrowby had catechized her sister about this unknown quantity
More example sentences
  • From our earliest years, we are catechized into a civic faith: Competition brings out the best in us.
  • Appalled by his indolence, gaming, and iconoclastic opinions, his psychology professor tried to catechize him: ‘Tut, tut, what does Saint Paul say, Mr. Crane?’
  • None may chastise him for deviance (for there is none), nor catechize him about the path to take (for there are as many paths as there are seekers).



Pronunciation: /ˈkatɪkʌɪzə/
Example sentences
  • Thanks to the hard work of the missionaries and catechizers this situation is slowly changing.
  • Thomas Wilkinson came with me to Barton and questioned me like a catechiser all the way.
  • After his return to Cyprus, he worked as a preacher and catechizer in the Archdiocese.


Late Middle English: via late Latin from ecclesiastical Greek katēkhizein, from katēkhein 'instruct orally, make hear'.

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