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

The festivities feature mini-operas, scientific demos, and the 24/7 lectures, whereby experts must explain their work twice: once in 24 seconds, and the second in just seven words. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 Immigration, census topics of lectures The lifelong learning group LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. Friday at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Statewide poster contest winners picked... community news," 29 June 2018 That prompted Byrd to walk out of the lecture, with three more students following suit, students told the Princetonian. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Princeton Students Walk Out of Lecture After Professor Allegedly Used the N-Word: Report," 8 Feb. 2018 In the book’s more humorous scenes, experts in this fictional field give lectures in airports to passive travelers waiting to board their planes. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 After an hour and a half, Carlson left to give a lecture. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 Not until June of 1915 did Goldman succeed in giving a lecture in San Diego. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 20, 1913: Emma Goldman returns," 20 May 2018 The parenting philosophy of Leave It to Beaver's Ward Cleaver, the original archetypal TV dad, is relegated to reading the newspaper...and then giving a lecture to make sure everyone learned a lesson at the end of the half hour. Jean Bentley, Redbook, "Stop Praising TV Dads for Doing the Bare Minimum," 14 Apr. 2017 The training, which included three days of discussions and lectures on topics like cultural sensitivity and use of force, was poorly received by some officers, who gave the program negative ratings in early 2015. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Video of police ripping a black child from his mom has sparked debate over NYPD practices," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Often referred to as the father of modern medicine, Osler insisted that students learn from seeing and talking to patients rather than being confined to lecture halls. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Tinker, a retired pediatric nurse who now lectures on First Amendment rights at schools, had been inspired to speak out after seeing images of body bags and displaced children on the nightly news. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Here's What Happened When the Supreme Court Ruled on Whether Students Can Protest During School," 23 Feb. 2018 Founder and owner of the Juan de Altimiras Alambique Cooking School in Madrid, Amezúa has written numerous cookbooks and has travelled internationally, lecturing on Spanish gastronomy. Grace Young, ELLE Decor, "Spanish Culinary Ambassador," 5 July 2012 Shoppers, however, always asked for a tad more, lecturing me that the gesture had been customary in the golden age of pre-Castro Cuba sales. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "South Miami-Dade leaders are right: If they settle for buses, they’ll never get rail," 6 July 2018 Pastor missed several early votes and then gave an impassioned speech about why taxes hurt the poor, prompting Councilman Tamaya Dennard to tell him not to lecture her – or speak on behalf of all poor people. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's 2019 budget: Money for Health Gap, 911 center and police OT, and lots of fee increases," 27 June 2018 Dershowitz, 80, continues to lecture around the country. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 Since then, liberal Chinese academics and writers have become increasingly marginalized, and denied chances to lecture or publish. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "In Beijing, Doors Shut on a Bastion of Independent Ideas," 11 July 2018 And to have somebody like Bob Menendez lecturing Mike Pompeo yesterday about the art of the deal is not the same of the art of diplomacy. Fox News, "Trump administration continues North Korea negotiations," 26 May 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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