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 But a former colleague heard the lecture and, knowing Dr. Friedman had been the speaker’s patient and recognizing his creative way of thinking, guessed the story was about him. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "What If Your Therapist’s Tell-All Is All About You?," 19 Oct. 2020 The lecture will remain available online for 48 hours for those that pre-register and cannot attend live. courant.com, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 9 Oct. 2020 Zoom has boxes where student can write questions or comments during the lecture. Eli Reiter, Wired, "How Teachers Can Foster Community in Online Classrooms," 25 Sep. 2020 Week 3, the university would add classes of up to 250 people, in lecture halls with 1,000 seats. Charles Fishman, The Atlantic, "16 Weeks and 5 Days at the University of Arizona," 1 Oct. 2020 Ibraheem Ahmed al Bayati, 19, admitted to interrupting a class to threaten to bomb the university during an online lecture being taught via Zoom on Wednesday. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Texas 19-year-old charged after admitting to Zoom-bombing University of Houston class to praise ISIS," 8 Sep. 2020 Gyasi was scheduled to open the series with an online interview Sept. 17, but had to withdraw because she was also scheduled to come to the Twin Cities Feb. 11-12 to speak to the author lecture series PenPals at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "Author Yaa Gyasi cancels appearance in Talking Volumes series," 1 Sep. 2020 That’s the subject of an upcoming Zoom lecture from the DC History Center, part of the Historical Society of Washington. Washington Post, "A lifetime studying the Black experience — and collecting art related to it," 22 Sep. 2020 Can mandatory masks offer enough protection in lecture halls so packed that late arrivals have to sit on the floor? Taryn Siegel, Fox News, "Coronavirus clusters at French universities give Europe a lesson," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Peggy Williams once taught life-skills classes for the University of the District of Columbia, traveling the city to lecture on financial management and parenting. Washington Post, "Injured D.C. workers are starting to lose their benefits. Advocates say a new bill would be a lifeline.," 15 Oct. 2020 Wallace, visibly frustrated and not sure what to do about it, was left to lecture Trump about not following the rules that Trump’s own campaign had agreed to—but Wallace was powerless to stop the rampaging President. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“This Is So Unpresidential”: Notes from the Worst Debate in American History," 30 Sep. 2020 During the appeal, UCLA ruled that Davis would be allowed to lecture, but the students would receive no grades. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Angela Davis’ early California days — before and after her infamous trial," 22 Sep. 2020 On top of all this, the EU isn’t in a position to lecture anyone about the sacrosanct inviolability of international law. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Biden Is Wrong on Ireland and Brexit," 20 Sep. 2020 Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith told the Times of London that Biden should not lecture the U.K. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "US-UK trade deal faces potential hurdles from Biden, Congress over Brexit fight," 17 Sep. 2020 Even uniforms will showcase the higher consciousness of multimillionaire black athletes who want to lecture the rest of us on racial inequality. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Are You Ready for Some Political Football?," 8 Sep. 2020 For most of my life, Republicans have had to lecture Democrats on the importance of defending democratic values and standing up to dictators. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Ghosts of the GOP past, &c.," 24 Aug. 2020 Merkel likes to lecture the world on moral issues, but what is so noble about empowering Russian president Vladimir Putin, who recently reclaimed Crimea and seems now to be eyeing Belarus? Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Goodbye — Sort of — to Germany?," 20 Aug. 2020

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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

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lecture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lecture. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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