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 lecture will also explain how a group of people from Clow Airport in Bolingbrook created a replica of the Wright Flyer, now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 9 Apr. 2018 During the courtroom tutorial last month in San Francisco, the lecture given by University of California, Santa Cruz, climate scientist Gary Griggs was underscored by a coincidence. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Climate change goes to court," 5 Apr. 2018 Italy’s new leaders had retorted that France sends back migrants who illegally enter France from Italy and shouldn’t be giving Rome any lectures. Washington Post, "Pope and Macron meet at Vatican, discuss migration," 26 June 2018 Library programming includes a series of lectures examining the freedom of the press, on June 11, June 18, June 20, and June 26. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library, Historical Society, Senior Center Partner On Freedom Of The Press Programs," 29 May 2018 Speaking at the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture in New York on Sunday night, Clinton defended press freedom and lobbed barbed attacks at Donald Trump. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Can Hillary Clinton Break the Internet?," 23 Apr. 2018 Hill was the featured speaker at a lecture presented by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; former Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris; the Peralta Community College District; and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, a community organization in East Oakland. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Anita Hill talks about sexual harassment and politics in Oakland lecture," 10 Mar. 2018 Throughout his two-day camp, Victor Oladipo and coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental basketball skills stations, contests, and games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Indianapolis Star, "Attend Victor Oladipo Youth Basketball ProCamp," 12 July 2018 Includes educational lectures on technology and economics, networking, breakout sessions and fireside chat. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie and Cooper City area events, June 20-30," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Peterson is a Canadian, a professor at the University of Toronto, who lectures his large audiences about topics ranging from the fact that chaos is feminine to the social hierarchy of lobsters to why patriarchy just makes sense. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "Jordan Peterson, who says men are 'under assault,' is coming to Portland next month," 22 May 2018 Spear, who lectures publicly about UFOs, said people are quick to laugh or poke fun in a crowd. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Sleuths Track UFO Sightings Across Connecticut," 12 Mar. 2018 Faculty: The school, 20 miles west of Manhattan, has visiting music/entertainment industry experts who lecture undergraduate and MBA students. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Bonnaroo U? Billboard's 2018 Top Music Business Schools," 29 June 2018 In addition to offering shows in the Explorers' Dome, Orion will sail with a Viking Resident Astronomer who will lecture on the mysteries of the cosmos and how humans have explored it. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 2018 Their findings: the traditional math classroom dynamic – with a lecturing instructor and an emphasis on individual work – doesn’t appeal to a broad swath of learners. Noble Ingram, The Christian Science Monitor, "Math makeover: Colleges swap lectures for active learning," 22 Mar. 2018 Thanks to his patient lectures and the occasional conservative rant, the Cold War was as much a part of my childhood as wiffle ball or Iron Man comics. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 Kondwani Fidel 24, poet He’s lectured in London and spoken at universities including Georgetown and American, but Kondwani Fidel’s heart resides in Baltimore. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "10 people who make the Baltimore region better: Torrey Smith to Kondwani Fidel," 13 Apr. 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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