from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To teach the principles of Christian dogma, discipline, and ethics by means of questions and answers.
- transitive v. To question or examine closely or methodically: "Boswell was eternally catechizing him on all kinds of subjects” ( Thomas Macaulay).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give oral instruction, especially of religion; now specifically by the formal question-and-answer method; in the Church of England, to teach the catechism as preparation for confirmation.
- v. To question at length.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. See catechise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To instruct orally by asking questions, receiving answers, and offering explanations and corrections; specifically, so to instruct on points of Christian doctrine.
- To question; interrogate, especially in a minute or impertinent manner; examine or try by questions.
- Also spelled catechise.
- n. A catechism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. examine through questioning and answering
- v. give religious instructions to
Middle English catecizen, from Old French catechiser, from Medieval Latin catēchizāre, from Late Greek katēkhizein, from Greek katēkhein : kata-, down, off, out; see cata- + ēkhein, to sound (from ēkhē, sound).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin catechizare, from Ancient Greek κατηχίζειν, from κατηχέω (katēkheō, "to teach (orally)"), from κατά (kata, "down") + ἠχέω (ēcheō, "to sound, to resound"). (Wiktionary)