- 1Deliver a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church: he preached to a large congregation [with object]: our pastor will preach the sermon (as noun preaching) large numbers of people would come to hear his preachingMore example sentences
- He is said to have delivered 18,000 sermons, preaching 40-60 hours a week.
- The newly re-born legend soon featured as the centrepiece of a series of patriotic sermons preached in parish churches across England.
- But let's say that the book is a collection of sermons preached at that church.
- 1.1 [with object] Publicly proclaim or teach (a religious message or belief): he preached the word of GodMore example sentences
- Because of this ministry, ministers across the nation can preach the Christian message to a culture that has been taught that the Bible cannot be trusted.
- Sikhism preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind, social justice and denounces superstitions and blind rituals.
- So Peter was the first to preach a message unto Gentile believers.
- 1.2 [with object] Earnestly advocate (a belief or course of action): my parents have always preached toleration and moderationMore example sentences
- We run a business, not a re-education camp, so we don't preach the co-operative gospel to people.
- For as long as I've known you, you've always preached the virtue of consistency.
- They also preach tolerance of others with different beliefs.
- 1.3Give moral advice to someone in a pompously self-righteous way: viewers want to be entertained, not preached atMore example sentences
- He viewed him then as ‘the stereotype of a head waiter’ who preached at them ‘like a division chaplain in the army’.
- Many of the kids will eventually rebel against all the stuff preached at them, however.
- I have never ever preached at them, but I have given them my opinion where they have asked for it.
preach to the converted
- Advocate something to people who already share one’s convictions about its merits or importance.More example sentences
- I guess we're sort of preaching to the converted already.
- Tell any mother who is either working or wants to get back into paid work after having a child that it is difficult finding affordable childcare, and you are already preaching to the converted.
- Spoken word records covering social and political issues can be a bit of a dicey situation since they usually don't hold up past the first listen and they hardly sell because they're already preaching to the converted.
Middle English: from Old French prechier, from Latin praedicare 'proclaim', in ecclesiastical Latin 'preach', from prae 'before' + dicare 'declare'.