- To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon."How shall they preach, except they be sent?" [Rom. x. 15.]"From that time Jesus began to preach." [Matt. iv. 17.]
- To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.
Etymology: OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. prêcher, fr. L. praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim; prae before + dicare to make known, dicere to say; or perhaps from (assumed) LL. praedictare. See Diction, and cf. Predicate Predict