Definition of lecture in English:


Syllabification: lec·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈlekCHər



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  • 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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