- 1An educational talk to an audience, especially to students in a university or college.More 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.
- 1.1A long, serious speech, especially one given as a scolding or reprimand: the usual lecture on table mannersMore example sentences
- 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’.
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- 1Deliver an educational lecture or lectures: she was lecturing to her class of eighty studentsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Give a lecture to (a class or other audience): he was lecturing future generations of health-service professionalsMore example sentences
teach, give instruction, give lessons
- 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.
- 1.2 [with object] Talk seriously or reprovingly to (someone): don’t lecture me!More example sentences
- 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?
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.