What does lecture mean?

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ˈlɛk tʃərlec·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lecture, public lecture, talk(noun)

    a speech that is open to the public

    "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"

  2. lecture, speech, talking to(noun)

    a lengthy rebuke

    "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"

  3. lecture, lecturing(verb)

    teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)

  4. lecture, talk(verb)

    deliver a lecture or talk

    "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"

  5. call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast(verb)

    censure severely or angrily

    "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"


  1. lecture(Noun)

    A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to group.

    During class today the professor delivered an interesting lecture.

    Etymology: From lectura, from lectus, past participle of lego.

  2. lecture(Noun)

    A berating or scolding.

    I really don't want you to give me a lecture about my bad eating habits.

    Etymology: From lectura, from lectus, past participle of lego.

  3. lecture(Verb)

    To teach, by giving a speech on a given topic.

    Etymology: From lectura, from lectus, past participle of lego.

  4. lecture(Verb)

    To berate, to scold.

    Etymology: From lectura, from lectus, past participle of lego.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lecture(noun)

    the act of reading; as, the lecture of Holy Scripture

    Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

  2. Lecture(noun)

    a discourse on any subject; especially, a formal or methodical discourse, intended for instruction; sometimes, a familiar discourse, in contrast with a sermon

    Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

  3. Lecture(noun)

    a reprimand or formal reproof from one having authority

    Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

  4. Lecture(noun)

    a rehearsal of a lesson

    Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

  5. Lecture(verb)

    to read or deliver a lecture to

    Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

  6. Lecture(verb)

    to reprove formally and with authority

    Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

  7. Lecture(verb)

    to deliver a lecture or lectures

    Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]


  1. Lecture

    A lecture is an oral presentation intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject, for example by a university or college teacher. Lectures are used to convey critical information, history, background, theories and equations. A politician's speech, a minister's sermon, or even a businessman's sales presentation may be similar in form to a lecture. Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content. Though lectures are much criticised as a teaching method, universities have not yet found practical alternative teaching methods for the large majority of their courses. Critics point out that lecturing is mainly a one-way method of communication that does not involve significant audience participation. Therefore, lecturing is often contrasted to active learning. Lectures delivered by talented speakers can be highly stimulating; at the very least, lectures have survived in academia as a quick, cheap and efficient way of introducing large numbers of students to a particular field of study. The criticisms of lectures are often summarized by a quote generally misattributed to Mark Twain: Lectures have a significant role outside the classroom, as well. Academic and scientific awards routinely include a lecture as part of the honor, and academic conferences often center around "keynote addresses", i.e., lectures. The public lecture has a long history in the sciences and in social movements. Union halls, for instance, historically have hosted numerous free and public lectures on a wide variety of matters. Similarly, churches, community centers, libraries, museums, and other organizations have hosted lectures in furtherance of their missions or their constituents' interests. Lectures represent a continuation of oral tradition in contrast to textual communication in books and other media.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lecture

    lek′tūr, n. a discourse on any subject, esp. a professional or tutorial discourse: an expository and discursive religious discourse, usually based on an extended passage of Scripture rather than a single text: an endowed lectureship, as the Bampton, Hulsean, &c.: a formal reproof.—v.t. to instruct by discourses: to instruct authoritatively: to reprove.—v.i. to give a lecture or lectures.—ns. Lec′turer, one who lectures: one of a class of preachers in the Church of England, chosen by the vestry and supported by voluntary contributions; Lec′tureship, the office of a lecturer. [See Lection.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An entertainment at which it costs but little to look intelligent.

Editors Contribution

  1. lecture

    A form of interactive lesson, presentation or education at a college, university or other education organization.

    The lecture was interesting and stimulating.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lecture' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2344

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lecture' in Nouns Frequency: #1342

How to pronounce lecture?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lecture in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lecture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of lecture in a Sentence

  1. Stephen William Hawking:

    A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said 'What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.' The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, 'What is the turtle standing on' 'You're very clever, young man, very clever,' said the little old lady. 'But it's turtles all the way down.'

  2. Jay BIlas:

    He was a legend. What a coach. What a man. His players loved him. chaney was an American original. I absolutely loved talking with him, including his early morning practices where he had a lecture for his players that would rival any sermon. A great, great man.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    The guy to negotiate with in the administration was the Vice President, not the President, with Joe Biden, we didn't waste a lot of time talking about things we knew we would never agree on. I didn't lecture Joe Biden, Joe Biden didn't lecture me. We got down to the areas where there was a possible agreement and were able to get to an outcome. A very different experience from being in a negotiating setting with the President.

  4. Actor Dean Cain:

    Wow. When you decide to give a public lecture to the VP-elect, everything you have said now becomes public knowledge. I liked the response from Mike Pence, ‘ This is what freedom sounds like.

  5. H.L. Mencken:

    I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them.

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. encumbrance
    • B. wavering
    • C. ternion
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