What does lecture mean?

Definitions for lecture
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.

  2. lecture(Noun)

    A berating or scolding.

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

  3. lecture(Verb)

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

  4. lecture(Verb)

    To berate, to scold.

  5. Origin: From lectura, from lectus, past participle of lego.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lecture(noun)

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

  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

  3. Lecture(noun)

    a reprimand or formal reproof from one having authority

  4. Lecture(noun)

    a rehearsal of a lesson

  5. Lecture(verb)

    to read or deliver a lecture to

  6. Lecture(verb)

    to reprove formally and with authority

  7. Lecture(verb)

    to deliver a lecture or lectures

  8. Origin: [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.

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. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    No one has a right to lecture Turkey on what it should be doing.

  2. Tucker Carlson:

    It’s always amazing to watch liberals lecture anyone else on debt.

  3. Ira Carmen:

    If you're Scalia, what's the first thing you do? Lecture the other members of the Court.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    Well, he must not have met very many American workers, they don't need a lecture -- they need a raise.

  5. Ahmed Nur:

    We thought there was a lecture, however we witnessed three men shot dead and another beheaded in front of us.

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