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 for preach
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preach \Preach\, v. t.
     1. To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a
        formal religious harangue.
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              That Cristes gospel truly wolde preche. --Chaucer.
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              The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings
              unto the meek.                        --Isa. lxi. 1.
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     2. To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness
        by public teaching. "I have preached righteousness in the
        great congregation." --Ps. xl. 9.
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     3. To deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon.
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     4. To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.
        [R.] "As ye are preached." --Southey.
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     5. To advise or recommend earnestly.
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              My master preaches patience to him.   --Shak.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preach \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.
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              How shall they preach, except they be sent? --Rom.
                                                    x. 15.
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              From that time Jesus began to preach. --Matt. iv.
                                                    17.
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     2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse
        in the manner of a preacher.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preach \Preach\, n. [Cf. F. pr[^e]che, fr. pr[^e]cher. See
     Preach, v.]
     A religious discourse. [Obs.] --Hooker.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  preach
      v 1: deliver a sermon; "The minister is not preaching this
           Sunday" [syn: preach, prophesy]
      2: speak, plead, or argue in favor of; "The doctor advocated a
         smoking ban in the entire house" [syn: preach, advocate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "preach":
     address, admonish, advise, advocate, catechize, caution, charge,
     counsel, deliver a lecture, discourse, encourage, enjoin,
     evangelize, exhort, explain, exposit, expostulate, expound,
     harangue, hold forth, homilize, incite, inculcate, induce,
     issue a caveat, lecture, minister, mission, missionary, moralize,
     move, persuade, point a moral, pontificate, preachify, preaching,
     preachment, prelect, prompt, prophesy, read a lesson,
     read a sermon, remonstrate, reprimand, sermonize, sermonizing,
     speak, talk, urge, warn
  
  

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