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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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Examples from the Web for prelection

Historical Examples

  • His reception of my recitation, or prelection, was rather singular.

    The Lady of the Lake

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Was it reasonable to have assembled six, ten, or a dozen persons for the purpose of hearing a prelection?

  • According as it is a grammar or an author that is being explained, a very different method of prelection is to be followed.

  • The grades of Grammar have respectively their own forms of prelection, given in detail by the final Ratio.


British Dictionary definitions for prelection

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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