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[lek-cher] /ˈlɛk tʃər/
a speech read or delivered before an audience or class, especially for instruction or to set forth some subject:
a lecture on Picasso's paintings.
a speech of warning or reproof as to conduct; a long, tedious reprimand.
verb (used without object), lectured, lecturing.
to give a lecture or series of lectures:
He spent the year lecturing to various student groups.
verb (used with object), lectured, lecturing.
to deliver a lecture to or before; instruct by lectures.
to rebuke or reprimand at some length:
He lectured the child regularly but with little effect.
Origin of lecture
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin lēctūra a reading. See lection, -ure
Related forms
prelecture, noun, adjective, verb, prelectured, prelecturing.
unlectured, adjective
1. address, talk, paper, oratim, discourse. 4. address, teach. 5. admonish; hector. Unabridged
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  • Some years ago I lectured in Oxford on the subject of Education.

  • “Be exact in what you say,” Ossipon lectured in the swift motion of the hansom.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Most of them lectured as though getting tired, the others as though tired out.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Go home and be lectured and advised and reproved by every woman in the village?

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Sam's mother had lectured him on the subject before he left home.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for lectured


a discourse on a particular subject given or read to an audience
the text of such a discourse
a method of teaching by formal discourse
a lengthy reprimand or scolding
to give or read a lecture (to an audience or class)
(transitive) to reprimand at length
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin lectūra reading, from legere to read
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Word Origin and History for lectured



1580s, from lecture (n.). Meaning "to address severely and at length" is from 1706. Related: Lectured; lecturing.



late 14c., "action of reading, that which is read," from Medieval Latin lectura "a reading, lecture," from Latin lectus, past participle of legere "to read," originally "to gather, collect, pick out, choose" (cf. election), from PIE *leg- "to pick together, gather, collect" (cf. Greek legein "to say, tell, speak, declare," originally, in Homer, "to pick out, select, collect, enumerate;" lexis "speech, diction;" logos "word, speech, thought, account;" Latin lignum "wood, firewood," literally "that which is gathered").

To read is to "pick out words." Meaning "action of reading (a lesson) aloud" is from 1520s. That of "a discourse on a given subject before an audience for purposes of instruction" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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