- 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.
- to give a lecture or series of lectures: He spent the year lecturing to various student groups.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for lectured
It had been a year during which I had lectured at many colleges--mostly on education and civil liberties.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
I have been blessed to work with her, to learn from her, to travel with her, and even when needed, to be lectured by her.Libyan Activist Pays Tribute To Slain Spiritual Sister
June 27, 2014
Lisa Camooso Miller, a Republican strategist, lectured about “the new media reality.”GOP Says ‘Hey Ladies’ But Little Else About Winning Women
May 30, 2014
He lectured the witness that the location of two ventilator fans was very important “because it will show you are lying.”Pistorius’s Cross-Examination Could Have Been Grounds for a Mistrial in a U.S. Court
James D. Zirin
May 5, 2014
As a grunt, he lectured a high-ranking officer in protest of Marines who attacked a Vietnamese child.Crime Fighter’s Dilemma: My Country or My Family?
April 21, 2014
Some years ago I lectured in Oxford on the subject of Education.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
“Be exact in what you say,” Ossipon lectured in the swift motion of the hansom.The Secret Agent
Most of them lectured as though getting tired, the others as though tired out.The Harbor
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
- 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 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.