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 Through the Encuentros academies, teenage boys spend a week in the dorms at San Diego universities, participating in field trips, lectures and other activities that give them a taste of college life, Evilsizer said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encuentros Leadership founder Robert Rivas dies at 70," 3 Sep. 2019 Three Palm Beach County educators participated in the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous' recent 2019 European Study Program in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria that included lectures and visits to authentic Holocaust sites. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County educators participate in European Holocaust program," 2 Aug. 2019 In one particularly awkward moment, an Instagram feed popped up on a laptop during a class lecture and an alarmingly racist ad from one of the companies filled the screen. La'nita Johnson, Quartz, "The far right is really good at tricking you into giving it free advertising," 30 July 2019 Posing as training videos, the 10 episodes featured Banks, as head of security of Madrigal Electromotive, giving lectures and tips to new hires. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Better Call Saul web series has two Emmy nominations revoked," 19 July 2019 The 23-week course includes weekly zoology lectures and behind-the-scenes visits to the animal exhibits. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Want to get close to gibbons or pythons? Volunteer at one of these L.A. places," 4 July 2019 These initiatives will increase overall medical knowledge, combat health disparities, focus on prevention, and share state-of-the-art techniques and therapies through hands-on programs, lectures and symposiums. cleveland.com, "Lyndhurst philanthropist Roe Green donates $14 million to University Hospitals’ global health efforts," 1 July 2019 Weil is bringing experts in progressive areas like energy healing to round out lectures and group tours. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wellness Cruises Are Taking Over the Waters," 27 June 2019 Each class features lectures and case studies from the school’s faculty and business luminaries. Sam Wood, https://www.inquirer.com, "Interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain? Wharton has a new online course, for free," 5 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He guest lectured in one class in addition to teaching one or two others. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Cloudflare founder, who took down 8chan message board used by accused El Paso massacre suspect, has Chicago tech and law roots," 5 Aug. 2019 The performance is preceded by a series of Opera Insight lectures delving into the cultural and historical stories behind this work. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 The move has sparked cries of hypocrisy from many Democrats, who endured routine GOP lecturing about spending and the federal deficit throughout Obama's two terms in office. Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "Under Trump, GOP shrugs at deficit," 24 July 2019 The tale was widely reported in the Middle East, Turkey and other mainly-Muslim places, with the clear implication that the West should consider its own flaws before lecturing the world of Islam. Erasmus, The Economist, "Western governments are telling Muslim women not to cover up," 10 July 2019 Sam Greene/The Enquirer Somewhere, a former slave named Henry Washington Walker Alexander has to be pleased with how his granddaughter listened to his morning lectures back home in Gallipolis, Ohio. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Marian Spencer, a segregation fighter who later served on City Council, dead at age 99," 10 July 2019 Other Western envoys in Beijing have been lectured that their support for Hong Kong must be part of a concerted push by American hawks to hurt China. The Economist, "Why Chinese officials imagine America is behind unrest in Hong Kong," 15 Aug. 2019 One of them was Stefan A. Riesenfeld, a renowned bankruptcy professor who had come to lecture on the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "The Education of Elizabeth Warren," 25 Aug. 2019 Instead of showing appropriate humility and listening, all too often, German officials lecture Africans on best practice and reveal ignorance of the basics regarding the real situation. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 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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Last Updated

26 Oct 2019

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“Lecture.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lectured. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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