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[v] speak, plead, or argue in favour of; "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"
[v] deliver a sermon; "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"


advocate, prophesy

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\Preach\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preaching}.] [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. pr[^e]cher, 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}.]
1. 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. 1
5. From that time Jesus began to preach. --Matt. iv. 1
2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.
\Preach\, v. t.
1. To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue. That Cristes gospel truly wolde preche. --Chaucer. The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek. --Isa. lxi.
2. To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching. ``I have preached righteousness in the great congregation.'' --Ps. xl.
3. To deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon.
4. To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching. [R.] ``As ye are preached.'' --Southey.
5. To advise or recommend earnestly. My master preaches patience to him. --Shak. {To preach down}, to oppress, or humiliate by preaching. --Tennyson. {To preach up}, to exalt by preaching; to preach in support of; as, to preach up equality.
\Preach\, n. [Cf. F. pr[^e]che, fr. pr[^e]cher. See {Preach}, v.] A religious discourse. [Obs.] --Hooker.

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