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

Bypass the garage payment kiosks and walk directly to the lecture in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main St., to validate parking with your license plate number. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 9 Sep. 2019 Sponsored by the Hingham Public Library, the lecture will take place at Derby Academy, 56 Burditt Ave. BostonGlobe.com, "South Calendar: What’s happening this week.," 5 Sep. 2019 Its library stocked books on everything from medicine to mathematics and Islamic jurisprudence, and the lectures boasted students from as far afield as Yemen and Syria. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future," 4 Sep. 2019 Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance; lectures are $10. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "7 Bay Area antique and collectible shows this fall," 3 Sep. 2019 Following the lecture, the Burrell Observatory, 42 W. 5th Ave. in Berea, will be open for viewing, weather permitting. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "Berea to host 29th annual Arts Fest: Around The Town," 30 Aug. 2019 Lambda School has no campus; the video lectures are available wherever students have wifi—and thus infinitely scalable, so long as there are coding jobs to fill (for the moment, there are plenty). Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt," 26 Aug. 2019 After the lecture, there will be outdoor food available and viewing through the 100-inch telescope until midnight. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 13 Aug. 2019 In December, 1993, Toni Morrison flew to Stockholm to deliver the lecture required of those awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "What Toni Morrison Understood About Hate," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Dickey later lectured the students about the dangers of rumors, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the parents of the victim against Zamora's husband and the Liberty Elementary School District. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Teacher Brittany Zamora may have been grooming other students for sex, report shows," 10 July 2019 Museums and universities like LACMA, UCLA, UC Berkeley and Smith are inviting witches to lecture and lead workshops on their campuses. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The working witches of Los Angeles just want you to be your best self," 11 June 2019 In 1993, Bath retired from UCLA but continued to lecture and travel worldwide. NBC News, "Cataract treatment inventor Dr. Patricia Bath dies at 76," 5 June 2019 Compounding the difficulty, Mochizuki turned down all invitations to lecture on his work outside of Japan. Quanta Magazine, "Hope Rekindled for Perplexing Proof," 21 Dec. 2015 Modernism Week doesn’t want to lecture you about how hip a city Denver was a half-century ago. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Denver’s hidden midcentury-modern neighborhoods aren’t so hidden anymore," 11 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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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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