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lecture

noun lec·ture \ ˈlek-chər , -shər \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of lecture

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

lectureship

play \ˈlek-chər-ˌship, -shər-\ noun

Examples of lecture in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of lecture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lecture

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


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lecture

verb

Definition of lecture

lectured; lecturing play \ˈlek-chə-riŋ, ˈlek-shriŋ\
: to deliver a lecture or a course of lectures
1 : to deliver a lecture to
2 : to reprove formally

lecturer

play \ˈlek-chər-ər, ˈlek-shrər\ noun

Examples of lecture in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of lecture

circa 1590

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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LECTURE Defined for English Language Learners

lecture

Definition of lecture for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of lecture for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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lecture

noun lec·ture \ ˈlek-chər \

Definition of lecture for Students

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

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lecture

verb

Definition of lecture for Students

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

lecturer

noun


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