Definition of lecture in English:


Line breaks: lec|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛktʃə



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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.
    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.
    teach, tutor in, instruct in, give instruction in, give lessons in


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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