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lecture

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛktʃə
 
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Definition of lecture in English:

noun

1An educational talk to an audience, especially one of students in a university: in each course there are supporting lectures and tutorials [as modifier]: a lecture hall
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  • 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.
Synonyms
2A 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’.
Synonyms

verb

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1 [no object] Deliver an educational lecture or lectures: he was lecturing at the University of Birmingham
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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.
Synonyms
give a lecture, give a talk, talk, give a speech, make a speech, speak, give an address, discourse, expound, hold forth, declaim, expatiate, give a sermon, sermonize, pontificate
informal speechify, preachify, spout, jaw, sound off, spiel, drone on
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.
Synonyms
teach, tutor in, instruct in, give instruction in, give lessons in
2 [with object] Talk seriously or reprovingly to (someone): I do not wish to be lectured about smoking
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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?
Synonyms
informal give someone a dressing-down, give someone a talking-to, tell off
British informal tick off, carpet
North American informal bawl out

Origin

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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