American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An exposition of a given subject delivered before an audience or a class, as for the purpose of instruction.
- n. An earnest admonition or reproof; a reprimand.
- v. To deliver a lecture or series of lectures.
- v. To deliver a lecture to (a class or an audience).
- v. To admonish or reprove earnestly, often at length: always lecturing me about my manners.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of reading; reading.
- n. A discourse, especially a written discourse, of suitable length for a single reading; a disquisition pronounced or read, or written as if to be read, before an audience; especially, a formal or methodical discourse intended for instruction: as, a lecture on morals; the Bampton lectures.
- n. A religious discourse of an expository nature, usually based on an extended passage of Scripture; a discourse less methodical and more discursive than a sermon.
- n. A reprimand, as from a superior; a formal reproof.
- n. A professorial or tutorial disquisition.
- n. A lectureship.
- To instruct by oral discourse.
- To speak to or address dogmatically or authoritatively; reprimand; reprove: as, to lecture one for his faults.
- To influence by means of a lecture or formal reprimand: as, he was lectured into doing his duty.
- To read or deliver a formal discourse; give instruction by oral discourse: as, to lecture on geometry or on chemistry.
- n. A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to group.
- n. A berating or scolding.
- v. To teach, by giving a speech on a given topic.
- v. To berate, to scold.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The act of reading.
- n. A discourse on any subject; especially, a formal or methodical discourse, intended for instruction; sometimes, a familiar discourse, in contrast with a sermon.
- n. A reprimand or formal reproof from one having authority.
- n. (Eng. Universities) A rehearsal of a lesson.
- v. To read or deliver a lecture to.
- v. To reprove formally and with authority.
- v. To deliver a lecture or lectures.
- v. censure severely or angrily
- n. teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)
- n. a speech that is open to the public
- v. deliver a lecture or talk
- n. a lengthy rebuke
- From Medieval Latin lectura ("reading"), from Latin lectus, past participle of legō ("I read, I recite"). (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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