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


lectured; lecturing\ ˈlek-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce lecture (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

Other Words from lecture


lectureship \ ˈlek-​chər-​ˌship How to pronounce lecture (audio) , -​shər-​ \ noun


lecturer \ ˈlek-​chər-​ər How to pronounce lecture (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Without stopping to deliver a lecture, the scripts skillfully touch on the pain caused by boarding schools that abused and robbed Native children of their culture, exploitation of Native land, and white men’s casually racist remarks. oregonlive, 7 June 2022 At age 17, Mary is invited to a lecture by Dr. Agnes Vogel, one of the few female psychiatrists in 1927. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Fedir Shandor gives a lecture by video call in a combat zone of eastern Ukraine. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 6 May 2022 Chief Justice Roberts delivers a lecture each year to new clerks saying leaks will be punished severely, said Supreme Court expert Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law Houston. The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 The hotel offers a history lecture with its resident historian during Lilac Festival weekend. Kiran Saini, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 Cauley will be giving a lecture at GateWay Community College at 6 p.m., April 13 in the Integrated Education Building. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 Juan Carlos Acosta, Village Church director of music ministries, will present a pre-concert lecture at 3:15 p.m. covering the history of the work including its place in religious life and the civil rights movement. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 The evening celebration will also feature a lecture from Manjari Sharma, who will explore the power of tapping into distinguished histories to create works that are accessible to large audiences. al, 18 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hundreds of professors lecture on their favorite theme—the duty of the United States to set the world aright. Charles Austin Beard, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 This allows for a certain Kelleyish willingness to lecture the audience on the ins and outs of trial law. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 11 May 2022 Beckett first came to Paris in 1928 to lecture at this learning institution for exceptional students. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 When Europeans lecture Americans on our supposedly elevated levels of prejudice, the contention is as laughable as their ridiculous little Peugeots. Kyle Smith, National Review, 29 July 2021 The resurgence of martial arts in pop culture inspired her to lecture on Bruce Lee. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 The resurgence of martial arts in pop culture inspired her to lecture on Bruce Lee. Anh Dostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Donny, whom Fishburne plays as wise, exacting but ultimately soft-hearted, uses the moment to lecture young Bob on the importance of common sense and keeping your word in their line of business. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 Yet Shining Girls, premiering April 29, doesn’t lecture. Judy Berman, Time, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lecture


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lecture


Middle English, act of reading, from Late Latin lectura, from Latin lectus, past participle of legere

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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


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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