lecture

noun
lec·​ture | \ ˈlek-chər How to pronounce lecture (audio) , -shər\

Definition of lecture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a discourse given before an audience or class especially for instruction
2 : a formal reproof

lecture

verb
lectured; lecturing\ ˈlek-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce lecturing (audio) , ˈlek-​shriŋ \

Definition of lecture (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to deliver a lecture or a course of lectures

transitive verb

1 : to deliver a lecture to
2 : to reprove formally

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Other Words from lecture

Noun

lectureship \ ˈlek-​chər-​ˌship How to pronounce lectureship (audio) , -​shər-​ \ noun

Verb

lecturer \ ˈlek-​chər-​ər How to pronounce lecturer (audio) , ˈlek-​shrər \ noun

Examples of lecture in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

She lectures in art at the local college. They lectured their children about the importance of honesty. I lectured her about doing better in school.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to give a lecture on what was the furthest known object in the solar system. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Move Over, Farout: FarFarOut Has Been Discovered," 25 Feb. 2019 So far, the center has hosted a celebration of the spring festival of Purim, a National Day of Prayer observance, and a lecture on Jews in the American Revolution. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "In Haddonfield, a new Jewish center as close as home," 7 June 2018 His lectures were, of course, pre-prepared, but conversation remained a struggle. Martin Rees, Newsweek, "A Brief History of My Friend Stephen Hawking, the Man Who Changed Our Times," 14 Mar. 2018 The event will also feature a lecture on Mozart from professor Craig Wright of Yale University. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "One Day University educates as it entertains," 21 June 2018 Kener said the reception at these lectures have been interesting. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Initiative raises awareness regarding importance of genetic screening," 4 May 2018 However, Japanese defense minister Taro Kono warned at a lecture on Saturday that North Korea appeared to be preparing for another nuclear test, citing satellite images showing removal of soil from a tunnel where previous tests were held. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "U.S., South Korea begin joint military training amid thawing tension on Korean peninsula," 1 Apr. 2018 If your cavity is small, your dentist can fill it easily (hopefully without a long lecture, because sometimes cavities just happen, OK?!). Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Causes of Jaw Pain That You Need to Know," 13 Jan. 2018 There’s talk of tardigrade fields and time vortexes, and Laurence Fishburne delivers a technically sound lecture on something called quantum decoherence. New York Times, "The Science (and the Scientists) Behind ‘Ant-Man’," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kimia, a tomboy, is treated as an imaginary son by her father, who lectures her on Marx and Engels while shaving. Dalia Sofer, New York Times, "A Persian Turned Parisian Insists: I’m Not an Immigrant, I’m an Exile," 8 June 2018 Or when Alvy interrupts a pedantic professor in a movie line—lecturing his date on Marshall McLuhan—by bringing the actual Marshall McLuhan out from behind a sign to set the man straight. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Billionaire Michael Bloomberg lectured billionaire Howard Schultz Monday on the proper way to run for president. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Clash of the Billionaire Politicians," 31 Jan. 2019 There’s a lot of people lecturing about the U.S. system, and at the same time, there’s a lot of entrepreneurial activity. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018 And along with their huge selection of goods, the gallery will also be home to frequent exhibitions and events, from retrospectives on the work of different designers to lecture series and media collaborations. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Gallery At 200 Lex Powered By Incollect Is The Ultimate Antiques Destination," 23 Jan. 2019 That was the phrase the great French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot used when lecturing the medical community in the late nineteenth century. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 Watching her reminded me of my medical training at Johns Hopkins, where I had been lectured over and over that getting yourself and the patient in the right position before performing a procedure was critical to avoiding complications. Peter Bach, Town & Country, "A Pioneering Force," 11 Sep. 2013 Often referred to as the father of modern medicine, Osler insisted that students learn from seeing and talking to patients rather than being confined to lecture halls. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of lecture

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lecture

Noun

Middle English, act of reading, from Late Latin lectura, from Latin lectus, past participle of legere

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lecture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lecture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

lecture

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lecture (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

lecture

noun
lec·​ture | \ ˈlek-chər How to pronounce lecture (audio) \

Kids Definition of lecture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lecture

verb
lectured; lecturing

Kids Definition of lecture (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give a talk or speech that teaches something
2 : to give a serious or angry talk to Dad lectured us about studying.

Other Words from lecture

lecturer noun

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