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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To lecture or discourse in public.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To discourse publicly; to lecture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To discourse publicly; to lecture.
  • transitive v. To read publicly, as a lecture or discourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To read publicly, as a lecture.
  • To read a lecture or discourse in public; hence, to discourse publicly; lecture.

Etymologies

Latin praelegere, praelect- : prae-, pre- + legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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