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 Lakepoint State Park is offering a Fins, Feathers and Flowers overnight package that includes lodging for three days and two nights and attendance at the social, dinner, breakfast, lectures, field trips and other presentations. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoor notebook: State park plays host to Fins, Feathers and Flowers event," 12 Feb. 2020 At best, such pieces are like a professor’s opening-day lecture: a little song and dance to grab the young folks’ attention so the real work can begin. Daniel E. Burns, National Review, "What Political Philosophy Can’t Do," 23 Jan. 2020 Think gigantic moving garden party with lectures, cocktail events and visits to stunning gardens. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Online dating is like dipping your toe into a plant society. Here's how to do it well," 17 Jan. 2020 The nonprofit group was established in 2014 and already offers quarterly lectures, traveling exhibits and walking tours of the neighborhood. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "New OTR museum hopes to depict the lives of early immigrants by recreating their apartments," 10 Jan. 2020 Half the week perform public duties and the other half earn your own income with TV, lectures, books? Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 6:04 a.m. EST," 10 Jan. 2020 Tickets are $15 in advance for truffle tasting and lectures, $20 to add wine tasting, and $25 at the door. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 26, Graduate Eugene, 66 E. 6th Ave., Eugene, oregontrufflefestival.org or 541-319-8920. Michael Alberty, oregonlive, "8 Oregon wine events to ring in 2020 with a sip and a swirl," 4 Jan. 2020 Here, the young couple aim to round out an already robust worship community with the intellectual and social side of Catholicism via lectures, debates, and plays. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’: Ninth Commandment goes to Princeton," 19 Dec. 2019 The symposium features lectures, presentations and exhibits on the latest advancements in research and clinical trials, the findings of which are timed to be published in medical journals throughout the week. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "MRI scans are better than mammograms for certain types of breast cancer screenings, researchers find," 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By 2013, Warren was living in Ajo, dividing his time between lecturing at ASU and volunteering for groups like No More Deaths and Ajo Samaritans. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Humanitarian Scott Warren Found Not Guilty After Retrial for Helping Migrants at Mexican Border," 21 Nov. 2019 To that end, Windmuller-Luna will soon lecture publicly on ethical best practices in curating African arts. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art appoints Kristen Windmuller-Luna as curator of African arts," 22 Dec. 2019 These sort of operational issues are as much the business of the governor as interest rate decisions and are deeply embarrassing for an organisation which has been lecturing the city on the need for better cyber-security. The Economist, "Old Lady, New Bailey In Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England gets a technocratic new boss," 20 Dec. 2019 As first reported by STAT earlier this year, Dr. David Haddox, then a Purdue executive, lectured in two courses as part of the pain program, which earned him the title in 2011 of adjunct associate clinical professor. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Tufts will scour Sackler name from its medical campus, in rebuff of family that controls Purdue Pharma," 5 Dec. 2019 Conferences are held during the week in which counselors lecture on the Constitution and the separate branches of government. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty County students ‘learn by doing’ at Boys State," 6 Aug. 2019 In his first denunciation, published Aug. 26, Vigano initially claimed Benedict had imposed sanctions against McCarrick prohibiting him from exercising public ministry, travelling or lecturing on behalf of the church. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Ex-Vatican ambassador blasts Pope Francis over lack of response to claims of sexual abuse cover-up," 28 Sep. 2018 In addition, she has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Give a gift of beauty and tranquility with Gardenview: Strong Points," 13 Dec. 2019 The world leaders’ picking on Trump prompted Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) to lecture on bullying. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Saturday Night Live’: Nancy Pelosi prays for Trump aggressively," 8 Dec. 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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The first known use of lecture was in the 15th century

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16 Feb 2020

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“Lecture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lecture. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for lecture

lecture

noun
How to pronounce lecture (audio)

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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