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

Traditionalists will say that nothing replaces the discipline of dragging one’s lazy butt off the dorm couch and to the lecture hall. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Harvard and Yale Students Can Skip This Computer Science Class—Data Sheet," 3 Sep. 2019 Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, honors faculty fellow and a senior lecturer at ASU’s Barrett Honors College, will give a lecture on instruments used in popular Hindi films. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "India's colorful cultural heritage takes center stage at MIM celebration," 29 Aug. 2019 Historians think this is unlikely, since Rajneesh, revered by his followers, was mostly filmed driving one of his Rolls-Royces, speaking to his disciples while sitting in a white high-back chair in a huge lecture hall or appearing in court. oregonlive.com, "Guardhouse from ‘Wild Wild Country’ commune for sale at $8,000," 10 Aug. 2019 Anyone can give a lecture on a sophisticated piece of engineering like the SR-71, but a pilot who has actually flown the aircraft and placed his faith in it can explain the intricacies like no one else. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What It Was Like To Fly the SR-71 Blackbird," 12 June 2019 Rendell is the last person who should be issuing lectures about hypocrisy and campaign finance. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Hypocrite Accuses Elizabeth Warren of Hypocrisy," 12 Sep. 2019 Berlin pressures Eastern Europe — whose leaders grew up with lectures about the nightmares of Nazi Germany — to follow Berlin’s disastrous open borders plan. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Ghosts of World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 Berlin pressures Eastern Europe — whose leaders grew up with lectures about the nightmares of Nazi Germany — to follow Berlin’s disastrous open borders plan. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: The ghosts of World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 There will be networking, drinks, food, and a lecture about analytics. Max Jungreis, BostonGlobe.com, "Business Agenda," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The Republican representatives tended to lecture Mueller, fault him or see hypocrisy in his work. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Robert Mueller goes just-the-facts route," 24 July 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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