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catechize

cat·e·chize

catechize

pronunciation:
kae t kaIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: catechized, catechizes, catechizing
definition 1: to teach (someone) by a question and answer method, esp. religious principles.
definition 2: to question (someone) persistently and closely.
similar words:
quiz
derivation: catechizer (n.)
Word Parts
The word catechize contains the following parts:
cata- Greek prefix that means down; completely, thoroughly; against; according to
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).