Definition of catechize in English:


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transitive verb

(British catechise)
[with object]
  • 1Instruct (someone) in the principles of Christian religion by means of question and answer, typically by using a catechism.

    ‘The natural sorting process tells us something about how we need to catechize teenagers.’
    • ‘To save Shaw from hell-fire, a friend prevailed on a Roman Catholic priest to catechize the upstart Atheist.’
    • ‘I work in the beautiful new Cathedral, evangelizing and catechizing the children of two recently merged parish communities (one English, one Spanish).’
    • ‘The means to accomplish this were literate sermons, adhering closely to the liturgy of the church; catechising the young; and administering the sacraments.’
    • ‘It is worth noting again that the liturgy is not a ‘tool’ used to catechize Christians.’
    • ‘Jenson bemoans the loss of moral demands of a ‘highly opinionated God’ and the anomalous quandary of having to catechize the baptized in a post-Christian world.’
    • ‘The church's performance of its basic duties of administering the rites of passage, conducting services, and catechizing the people was, by and large, more impressive than was once thought.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Protestant ministers were originally expected to catechize Bible readers, involving doctrinal claims that structured how the Bible would be put together.’
    • ‘Now we delight in our supposed freedom to baptize without catechizing, and to receive communicants without repentance.’
    • ‘He did not neglect the sick and the dying and was untiring in the work of catechising the young.’
    • ‘The third chapter describes Baxter's pastoral strategy - together with his assistant he visited and catechised 800 families every year.’
    • ‘And I mean to assail it particularly among laypeople since, like it or not, the main work of catechizing our fellow Catholics is going to fall to us since there are a great many more of us than there are of ordained Catholics.’
    • ‘The pastor's active duties to his parish extend beyond preaching, celebrating the sacraments, and catechizing to include amateur medicine and settling lawsuits.’
    • ‘Priests, like their counterparts in French towns, said public masses, administered the sacraments, preached, catechized and educated young men in town.’
    • ‘Consequently, all must take care, lest in catechizing or in preaching the Word of God, they teach anything which is not in accord with the truth of the Gospel message or the spirit of Christ.’
    • ‘It's our own damn fault when we pastor so badly, catechize so poorly, and expect so little.’
    • ‘Sixteenth-century Protestantism was slow to produce similar material, possibly because Protestant clergy were so busy preaching and catechising that they had little time for quiet and reflection.’
    1. 1.1Put questions to or interrogate (someone)
      ‘Mrs. Garrowby had catechized her sister about this unknown quantity’
      • ‘From our earliest years, we are catechized into a civic faith: Competition brings out the best in us.’
      • ‘Appalled by his indolence, gaming, and iconoclastic opinions, his psychology professor tried to catechize him: ‘Tut, tut, what does Saint Paul say, Mr. Crane?’’
      • ‘None may chastise him for deviance (for there is none), nor catechize him about the path to take (for there are as many paths as there are seekers).’
      • ‘Goody Cloyse, that excellent old Christian, stood in the early sunshine at her own lattice, catechising a little girl who had brought her a pint of morning's milk.’
      • ‘He ‘catechizes’ her: ‘Good madonna, why mourn'st thou?’’
      interrogate, question, cross-examine, cross-question, quiz, examine, probe, browbeat, interview, sound out
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/ˈkadəˌkīz/ /ˈkædəˌkaɪz/


Late Middle English via late Latin from ecclesiastical Greek katēkhizein, from katēkhein ‘instruct orally, make hear’.