- 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 hallMore 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.
- 2A 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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- 1 [no object] Deliver an educational lecture or lectures: he was lecturing at the University of BirminghamMore 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
- 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.
- 2 [with object] Talk seriously or reprovingly to (someone): I do not wish to be lectured about smokingMore example sentences
scold, chide, reprimand, rebuke, reprove, reproach, remonstrate with, upbraid, berate, castigate, chastise, admonish, lambaste, nag, haul over the coals, take to task, read someone the Riot Act• informal give someone a dressing-down, give someone a talking-to, tell offNorth American • informal bawl out
- 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.