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[ lek-cher ]


  1. 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.

    Synonyms: discourse, paper, talk, address

  2. a speech of warning or reproof as to conduct; a long, tedious reprimand.

verb (used without object)

, lec·tured, lec·tur·ing.
  1. to give a lecture or series of lectures:

    He spent the year lecturing to various student groups.

verb (used with object)

, lec·tured, lec·tur·ing.
  1. to deliver a lecture to or before; instruct by lectures.

    Synonyms: address, teach

  2. to rebuke or reprimand at some length:

    He lectured the child regularly but with little effect.

    Synonyms: hector, admonish


/ ˈlɛktʃə /


  1. a discourse on a particular subject given or read to an audience
  2. the text of such a discourse
  3. a method of teaching by formal discourse
  4. a lengthy reprimand or scolding


  1. to give or read a lecture (to an audience or class)
  2. tr to reprimand at length

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Other Words From

  • pre·lecture noun adjective verb prelectured prelecturing
  • un·lectured adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lecture1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin lēctūra “a reading”; lection, -ure

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lecture1

C14: from Medieval Latin lectūra reading, from legere to read

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Example Sentences

Sanders has done research that shows that college students tend to learn better when they have access to videos of lectures.

He and Dung Bui, then also at Washington University, had students listen to a lecture on car brakes and pumps.

Like thousands of US colleges and universities this spring, Simmons University in Boston had to adjust to Covid-19 on the fly, closing lecture halls and moving classes online.

From Quartz

Nor did it touch you as a student seated in the wood-paneled lecture halls of law school.

Concerts, theatrical performances, award shows, conventions, lecture tours – every large in-person event across the country was either cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future.

Nobody has to lecture me about how Sharpton has played racial politics in New York.

I, and many fellow men, know this because women say so—they write it, they lecture on it, they write books about it.

She hated sharing Georgie with his admirers, particularly on lecture tours in in North America.

The closing lecture also presents questions that Chomsky never answers—mainly one of alternatives.

He carried a chair onto the stage, sat down and repeated the lecture he uses when­ever he hires an old-time musician.

I told her, when I wrote last, how I felt; and you never read such a lecture as she gave me in return.

However, he arrived in Aberdeen radiant, gave his lecture, and at the end was presented by Donald with a cheque for twenty pounds.

Lectures—Two ladies may attend a lecture, unaccompanied by a gentleman, without attracting attention.

In a room, a few miles out of London, I had just given a lecture to the members of a literary Society.

I have often had the pleasure of hearing Mme. de Mirbel lecture her and it was very comical.


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