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1lecture

noun lec·ture \ˈlek-chər, -shər\

: a talk or speech given to a group of people to teach them about a particular subject

: a talk that criticizes someone's behavior in an angry or serious way

Full Definition of LECTURE

1
:  a discourse given before an audience or class especially for instruction
2
:  a formal reproof
lec·ture·ship \-ˌship\ noun
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Examples of LECTURE

  1. She's planning to give a series of lectures on modern art.
  2. Several hundred people are expected to attend the lecture.
  3. I came home late and got a lecture from my parents.
  4. I gave her a lecture about doing better in school.

Origin of LECTURE

Middle English, act of reading, from Late Latin lectura, from Latin lectus, past participle of legere
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

2lecture

verb

: to give a talk or a series of talks to a group of people to teach them about a particular subject

: to talk to (someone) in an angry or serious way

lec·turedlec·tur·ing \ˈlek-chə-riŋ, ˈlek-shriŋ\

Full Definition of LECTURE

intransitive verb
:  to deliver a lecture or a course of lectures
transitive verb
1
:  to deliver a lecture to
2
:  to reprove formally
lec·tur·er \-chər-ər, -shrər\ noun

Examples of LECTURE

  1. She lectures in art at the local college.
  2. They lectured their children about the importance of honesty.
  3. I lectured her about doing better in school.

First Known Use of LECTURE

circa 1590
LECTURER Defined for Kids

1lecture

noun lec·ture \ˈlek-chər\

Definition of LECTURE for Kids

1
:  a talk or speech that teaches something
2
:  a serious talk or scolding

2lecture

verb
lec·turedlec·tur·ing

Definition of LECTURE for Kids

1
:  to give a talk or speech that teaches something
2
:  to give a serious or angry talk to <Dad lectured us about studying.>
lec·tur·er noun

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