lecture

noun
lec·ture | \ˈlek-chər, -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, 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, -shər- \ noun

Verb

lecturer \ˈlek-chər-ər, 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

Throughout his two-day camp, Victor Oladipo and coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental basketball skills stations, contests, and games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Indianapolis Star, "Attend Victor Oladipo Youth Basketball ProCamp," 12 July 2018 Includes educational lectures on technology and economics, networking, breakout sessions and fireside chat. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie and Cooper City area events, June 20-30," 18 June 2018 Since 2016, the organization has broadcast lectures on its YouTube channel, catering to workers with little spare time or living in different cities. Lin Shih-tung, The Christian Science Monitor, "After dead-end jobs, promise of a future for migrant workers in Taiwan," 15 June 2018 In any case, Hillary Clinton had already signed an $8 million book deal by the time the couple left the White House, and Bill Clinton was set to hit the lecture circuit, earning more than $125,000 per speech. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Fact-Checking Bill Clinton’s meltdown on NBC’s Today Show," 5 June 2018 In any case, Hillary Clinton had already signed an $8 million book deal by the time the couple left the White House, and Bill Clinton was set to hit the lecture circuit, earning more than $125,000 per speech. Glenn Kessler, chicagotribune.com, "Bill Clinton's meltdown on NBC's 'Today Show'," 5 June 2018 Drai frequently appears on TV and radio, travels the lecture circuit and blogs on his website. Michael Rubinkam, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Dre loses trademark claim against ‘Dr. Drai’," 10 May 2018 Edward Johnson, on a lecture circuit demonstrating Edison inventions, told his audience about the recording device Edison had begun to work on, and wrote to Edison about it. Merrill Fabry, Time, "What Was the First Sound Ever Recorded by a Machine?," 1 May 2018 Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had that thought, too—and asked Clinton about it during a PEN World Voices Festival lecture on Sunday night in New York City. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "This Is Why Hillary Clinton's Twitter Bio Kicks Off With the Word ‘Wife’," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Faculty: The school, 20 miles west of Manhattan, has visiting music/entertainment industry experts who lecture undergraduate and MBA students. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Bonnaroo U? Billboard's 2018 Top Music Business Schools," 29 June 2018 In addition to offering shows in the Explorers' Dome, Orion will sail with a Viking Resident Astronomer who will lecture on the mysteries of the cosmos and how humans have explored it. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 2018 Their findings: the traditional math classroom dynamic – with a lecturing instructor and an emphasis on individual work – doesn’t appeal to a broad swath of learners. Noble Ingram, The Christian Science Monitor, "Math makeover: Colleges swap lectures for active learning," 22 Mar. 2018 Thanks to his patient lectures and the occasional conservative rant, the Cold War was as much a part of my childhood as wiffle ball or Iron Man comics. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 Kondwani Fidel 24, poet He’s lectured in London and spoken at universities including Georgetown and American, but Kondwani Fidel’s heart resides in Baltimore. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "10 people who make the Baltimore region better: Torrey Smith to Kondwani Fidel," 13 Apr. 2018 Lampert has lectured extensively to both professional and community organizations and served for six years on the Tax Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Lawyer re-elected president of Alpert JFCS," 12 July 2018 Your professor holds forth in class, lecturing, orating, gesturing, bantering — equal parts pedagogue and performer. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "After complaints, Ratemyprofessors.com does away with its 'hotness' ratings," 11 July 2018 Shatz, for his part, has lectured on the Holocaust at the College of William & Mary. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "They survived the Holocaust, and then he rescued her from communism. Sixty-five years later, they’ve reunited.," 9 July 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 \

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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