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


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

Other Words from lecture


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


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before his lecture, the Braves had been meandering through the league, never winning or losing three games in a row. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Coel previously discussed the incident in her 2018 MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 10 June 2022 Muratov, in his Nobel lecture, cast a free press as a counteragent for such despotism, likening journalists to dogs that keep the caravan of society moving forward. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 The situation escalated when a Black student, who was not registered in the class, confronted Corlett about his use of slurs in his lecture. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 Ten minutes into his lecture, a member of the audience, under Poland’s instruction, raced up to the podium with a slip of paper. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2022 But then gave his own lecture to coalition board members, all rural county commissioners. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Feb. 2022 The Wethersfield Men’s Garden Club welcomes Bruce Graver of Graver Tree Care to its monthly lecture on Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at Wethersfield’s Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St. courant.com, 13 Jan. 2022 That stagnation, Thiel claimed in his lecture at Yale, was linked to the credentialist rat race Vance and his classmates were engaged in. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chappelle, meanwhile, has only doubled down on his stance, going so far as to lecture the high school students at his alma mater after the school decided to postpone naming its theater after him due to the controversy. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 12 July 2022 The resurgence of martial arts in pop culture inspired her to lecture on Bruce Lee. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 In 1906, Ernst Otto Haenisch, calling himself Otoman Zar-Adusht Hanish, visited here from Chicago to lecture about his sun worship faith, Mazdaznan. Patt Morrisoncolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 Along with her new friend Veronica, Josie decides to face the community in a pre-vote meeting and lecture them on how to run their affairs. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 Hundreds of professors lecture on their favorite theme—the duty of the United States to set the world aright. Charles Austin Beard, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 This allows for a certain Kelleyish willingness to lecture the audience on the ins and outs of trial law. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 11 May 2022 Beckett first came to Paris in 1928 to lecture at this learning institution for exceptional students. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 When Europeans lecture Americans on our supposedly elevated levels of prejudice, the contention is as laughable as their ridiculous little Peugeots. Kyle Smith, National Review, 29 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lecture


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lecture


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

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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


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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