1. (v. i.) 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.

2. (v. i.) To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.

3. (v. t.) To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue.

4. (v. t.) To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching.

5. (v. t.) To deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon.

6. (v. t.) To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.

7. (v. t.) To advise or recommend earnestly.

8. (n.) A religious discourse.

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