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), lec·tured, lec·tur·ing.

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.

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.

Nearby words

  1. lection,
  2. lectionary,
  3. lector,
  4. lectorate,
  5. lectotype,
  6. lecturer,
  7. lectureship,
  8. lecuona,
  9. lecuona, ernesto,
  10. lecythus

Origin of lecture

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin lēctūra a reading. See lection, -ure

Related formspre·lec·ture, noun, adjective, verb, pre·lec·tured, pre·lec·tur·ing.un·lec·tured, adjective

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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)
(tr) to reprimand at length

Word Origin for lecture

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

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Word Origin and History for lectured
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