The definition of a lecture is a talk given on a particular subject or a scolding given after someone does something wrong.noun
- An example of a lecture is a talk on natural sciences.
- An example of a lecture is a parent's talk about being honest to a child after the child has lied.
To lecture is defined as to deliver a speech or to talk to someone about why he or she was wrong.verb
- An example of lecture is for a priest to deliver a sermon.
- An example of lecture is for a parent to tell his child why stealing is wrong.
- an informative talk given as before an audience or class and usually prepared beforehand
- the text of such a talk
- a lengthy rebuke or scolding
Origin: ME, act of reading < ML lectura < pp. of L legere, to read: see logic
- to give a lecture to
- to rebuke or scold at length
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- An exposition of a given subject delivered before an audience or a class, as for the purpose of instruction.
- An earnest admonition or reproof; a reprimand.
- To deliver a lecture to (a class or an audience).
- To admonish or reprove earnestly, often at length: always lecturing me about my manners.
Origin: Middle English, a reading, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lēctūra, from Latin lēctus, past participle of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.