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 lecture (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 lecture (audio) , -​shər-​ \ noun

Verb

lecturer \ ˈlek-​chər-​ər How to pronounce lecture (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 Leaves of Three webinar: The Forest Preserve District of Will County will hold a virtual lecture on identifying poison ivy at 6 p.m. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, 28 May 2021 And if a few smaller businesses get crushed in the stampede, well, here’s Senator Rubio with a bracing lecture on economic patriotism and a fresh dish of subsidies. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 May 2021 As his professor delivered a lecture on Coney Island in the eighteen-hundreds, Herdman tracked the market on his phone from a seat in the back of the room. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 After an introductory lecture about distinguishing meteorites from regular rocks, the students were given quad bikes and told to find meteorites hidden across a vast desert. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 15 May 2021 Yang Jiechi angrily pushed back, launching into an 18-minute lecture about the ills of American society and, at one point, rebuking Blinken for the condescending tone of his opening remarks. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 19 Mar. 2021 For example, a smaller fat person (say, a size 16) might get a lecture about weight loss from their health care provider. Your Fat Friend, SELF, 9 Mar. 2021 Knep attended a lecture by Geller last year in San Diego, and then went up and introduced himself. Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune, 18 Sep. 2020 Berg is sent to Switzerland (a neutral country) to attend a lecture by German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who's in charge of the Nazi program to develop an atomic bomb. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mare has heard Deacon Mark (James McArdle) — another of the story’s red herrings — lecture the entire congregation about the importance of forgiving all the people who sinned in the events surrounding Erin’s death. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2021 Students were treated to lessons in painting as poet John Gould Fletcher would read poems, architect Max Mayer might lecture on great buildings, and beloved local musician Josef Rosenberg often played the piano. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2021 Back in England, Roget launched his career as a physician and inventor in 1804 at the age of 25, going on to lecture and publish extensively. Claudia Kalb, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2021 When everyone goes to the opera, a woman named Maladie (Amy Manson) interrupts the show to slit the throat of the actor playing the devil and lecture everyone about God and an evil doctor. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 11 Apr. 2021 Did Reagan lecture the Soviet government, the Cuban government, and so on? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 12 Feb. 2021 The tea was courtesy of The Cozy Tea Cart in New Hampshire, which last month led a virtual tasting and lecture on the health benefits of tea. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2021 The scripts would treat food as a source of excitement and not lecture kids about nutritional content. Clint Worthington, Vulture, 17 Mar. 2021 Yet Biden did more than lament or lecture on Thursday. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of lecture was in the 15th century

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“Lecture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lecture. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for lecture

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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