Definition of lecture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlek(t)SHər/


1An educational talk to an audience, especially to students in a university or college.
Example sentences
  • He gave a wonderful illustrated lecture on how to video a wedding.
  • His employer recognised his talent and encouraged him to attend public lectures on science.
  • For a moment, it feels like I'm back in a university lecture theatre.
speech, talk, address, discourse, disquisition, presentation, oration, lesson
1.1A long, serious speech, especially one given as a scolding or reprimand: the usual lecture on table manners
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  • For my own part I had only been on the end of a few less serious lectures and not once had she hit me.
  • But I knew if I didn't get back in Rebecca's room by the time my dad woke up - or at least out of my bed - I would probably be in for a serious lecture.
  • If mom heard it, she could expect a serious lecture on ‘not calling your eldest sister nicknames’.
scolding, chiding, reprimand, rebuke, reproof, reproach, upbraiding, berating, admonishment, sermon
informal dressing-down, talking-to, tongue-lashing, roasting
formal castigation


[no object]
1Deliver an educational lecture or lectures: she was lecturing to her class of eighty students
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  • Heidegger continued to write and lecture extensively on this subject for the following eight years.
  • He is considered a pioneer in the field of conservation biology and has written and lectured widely on the subject.
  • Hilder taught at Goldsmiths' from 1929 to 1941 and also lectured at other colleges.
give a lecture, give a talk, talk, make a speech, speak, give an address, discourse, hold forth, declaim, expatiate
informal spout, sound off
1.1 [with object] Give a lecture to (a class or other audience): he was lecturing future generations of health-service professionals
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  • I just can't do it this weekend as I am lecturing a class on Tuesday and I'm not prepared yet.
  • Most of these classes are lectured by one individual.
  • He wanders into pointless asides, conspiracy theories and even presumes to lecture the audience about its loyalty to Canada.
teach, give instruction, give lessons
1.2 [with object] Talk seriously or reprovingly to (someone): don’t lecture me!
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  • Was he seriously going to lecture me on how much I had to drink?
  • We do not know how much he made lecturing the rest of us heathens on morality.
  • Why on earth should we presume to lecture the rest of the world on conflict resolution?
scold, chide, reprimand, rebuke, reprove, reproach, upbraid, berate, chastise, admonish, lambaste, rake/haul over the coals, take to task
informal give someone a dressing-down, give someone a talking-to, tell off, bawl out
formal castigate


Late Middle English (in the sense 'reading, a text to read'): from Old French, or from medieval Latin lectura, from Latin lect- 'read, chosen', from the verb legere.

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Syllabification: lec·ture

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