(Pray"ing*ly), adv. With supplication to God.
(Pre-) [L. prae, adv. & prep., before, akin to pro, and to E. for, prep.: cf. F. pré-. See Pro-, and
cf. Prior.] A prefix denoting priority (of time, place, or rank); as, precede, to go before; precursor, a
forerunner; prefix, to fix or place before; preëminent eminent before or above others. Pre- is sometimes
used intensively, as in prepotent, very potent. [Written also præ-.]
(Pre*ac`cu*sa"tion) n. Previous accusation.
(Preace) v. & n. Press. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Preach) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preached ; p. pr. & vb. n. Preaching.] [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.]
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. 15.
From that time Jesus began to preach.Matt. iv. 17.
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. 1.
2. To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching. "I have preached righteousness
in the great congregation." Ps. xl. 9.
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. prêche, fr. prêcher. See Preach, v.] A religious discourse. [Obs.] Hooker.