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

In addition to a unique collection of books, the store offers goods, lectures, poetry readings and more. Christian Burno, Dallas News, "New pop-up independent bookstore comes to trendy Fort Worth neighborhood," 17 June 2019 Pomfret School graduates Adam Hochschild and Orville Schell gave a public lecture, on May 10, as part of their Lasell Visiting Alumni appearance. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Pomfret School Alumni Share Thoughts On Trump, Putin, Jinping," 21 May 2018 The daily schedules include rides in an authentic Higgins boat, exhibits of artifacts like artillery and sand table maps, church services, lectures, movies, mortar demonstrations, and open houses at Conneaut's North Coast WWII History Museum. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eleven Museums and Memorials Honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 4 June 2019 The Irish around the world will mark the anniversary of Patrick’s death this weekend with parades, concerts, poetry readings and lectures, only some of which will bear any relation to the saint’s life and work. Terry Golway, WSJ, "‘Saint Patrick Retold’ Review: The Patron Saint of Ireland," 14 Mar. 2019 Over 66 lectures, this course will teach you how to use common persuasion tactics, stir up emotion in your reader, utilize common copywriting formulas, and more. Popular Mechanics, "How to Get a Great Job in 2019 with These 5 Skills," 14 Jan. 2019 The unnamed professor had traveled to Bonn — West Germany's former capital city — to hold a guest lecture. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A Baltimore professor was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack and then German police punched him," 13 July 2018 The 37-year-old rookie publisher wasn't about to leave an image that he was summoned for a lecture. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Olive branch crumbles: Trump vs. NY Times publisher," 31 July 2018 But as the Edward Jones analyst notes, don’t get your hopes up too high for a lecture from Buffett. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Here Are 5 Things to Watch For at the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Existentialist writer and Nobel Prize-winner Jean-Paul Sartre also lectured in the city. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Soccer! U.S. will go all out Thursday against Sweden, then things get complicated," 18 June 2019 With marginally more practicality, in 1962 Richard Feynman lectured about a microscopic gear that, when jostled by air molecules, would turn in only one direction, driving a motor. Quanta Magazine, "Swarming Bacteria Create an ‘Impossible’ Superfluid," 26 July 2018 Drew prefers ’70s funk to hip-hop, drives a retro van outfitted with an 8-track tape, and enjoys lecturing showboating youngsters about the fundamental unselfishness of the game, when played well. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Uncle Drew: A Solid Piece of Branded Content," 29 June 2018 No tough choices, no exercise of political will, no speaking out to power - just lecturing kids on how to do better. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Mt. Washington psychologist's criticism of 'Walk Up, Not Out' campaign goes viral," 16 Mar. 2018 But we've been lectured by the media about inflammatory rhetoric and how -- where that could lead. Fox News, "Kavanaugh to speak to Senate Judiciary Committee staffers," 18 Sep. 2018 Cohn, a former top-ranking executive at Goldman Sachs and extremely rich person, for his trouble got to help put through a regressive tax cut and, eventually resurface lecturing freshman members of Congress on the ways of the world. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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