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Preach, to pronounce a sermon, to speak exhortatively on religious and moral subjects: “harms that p. in our behoof,” Compl. 165. “I have heard you p. that malice was a sin,” H6A III, 1, 127. “his form and cause conjoined, --ing to stones,” Hml. III, 4, 126. Lr. IV, 6, 184. Transitively, == to inculcate as by a sermon, to teach earnestly: “he --ed pure maid,” Compl. 315 (i. e. chastity). “my master --es patience to him,” Err. V, 174. “where manners ne'er were --ed,” Tw. IV, 1, 53. “p. some philosophy to make me mad,” John III, 4, 51. “to have divinity --ed there,” Per. IV, 5, 4.
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