to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine.
to question with reference to belief.
to question closely.
Historical Examples

The abbe, who showed a joy that was almost infantine, agreed to catechize the old man and confer with him twice a week.
Ursula Honore de Balzac

Well, go ahead and catechize Topsy; may be you’ll make out something yet.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

Ive talked with Brede, I said, and I didnt have to catechize him.
Short Sixes H. C. Bunner

Every Sabbath we preach in the forenoon and catechize in the afternoon.
Religious Life of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century George MacLaren Brydon

Fletcher, however, still found means to catechize the children and to hold meetings in private.
Fletcher of Madeley Frederic W. Macdonald

But the worst will be to catechize us as if we were witnesses in court.
The Brightener C. N. Williamson

He has forbidden them to go out as they ought to the visitas, and to confess, preach, and catechize.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 – Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700 Various

It was his habit to walk when he talked, and he knew the general had come to catechize him.
A Certain Rich Man William Allen White

The inquisitor proceeded accordingly to catechize him, and soon satisfied himself of the schoolmaster’s heresy.
The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66 John Lothrop Motley

Her Form mates, more inquisitive than Miss Gibbs, gathered round her and began to catechize.
The Madcap of the School Angela Brazil

verb (transitive)
to teach or examine by means of questions and answers
to give oral instruction in Christianity, esp by using a catechism
to put questions to (someone)

early 15c., from Church Latin catechizare “to teach by word of mouth” (also source of French catéchiser, Spanish catequizar, Italian catechizzare), from Greek katekhizein “teach orally, instruct by word of mouth,” from katekhein “to resound” (see catechesis). Related: Catechized; catechizing.


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