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prelect

or prae·lect

[pri-lekt]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to lecture or discourse publicly.
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Origin of prelect

1610–20; < Latin praelectus, past participle of praelegere to lecture, equivalent to prae- pre- + legere to read aloud; see lection
Related formspre·lec·tion [pri-lek-shuh n] /prɪˈlɛk ʃən/, nounpre·lec·tor, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Being in Rome, I was naturally desirous of seeing the Father, and hearing him prelect.

    Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber

    James Aitken Wylie


British Dictionary definitions for prelect

prelect

verb
  1. (intr) rare to lecture or discourse in public
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Derived Formsprelection, nounprelector, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin praelegere to instruct by reading, lecture, from prae in front of, in public + legere to read, choose
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