from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To deliver a lecture or series of lectures.
  • transitive v. To deliver a lecture to (a class or an audience).
  • transitive v. To admonish or reprove earnestly, often at length: always lecturing me about my manners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. A rehearsal of a lesson.
  • intransitive v. To deliver a lecture or lectures.
  • transitive v. To read or deliver a lecture to.
  • transitive v. To reprove formally and with authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin lectura ("reading"), from Latin lectus, past participle of legō ("I read, I recite").


  • The lecture was thought to 'break down,' and indeed it quite did '_as a lecture_'; but only did from _embarras de richesses_ -- a rare case.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • From the students 'point of view (and let's face it, they're the customers!), the lecture is the least interactive part of a learning experience; the assignments/homework are the most interactive.


  • When one takes into consideration all of the above eyewitness accounts of statements made by Prof. Pianka then it becomes apparent that Forrest Mims did not misrepresent what Prof. Pianka said during his March 3, 2006 lecture, and that Forrest Mims's account of the lecture is accurate.

    The Memory Hole

  • Each sentence of his lecture is therefore preprogrammed into his computer, and Hawking controls the pace of its delivery through his limited hand movement and the cursor.

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  • What I call Japan's 'ambiguity' in my lecture is a kind of chronic disease that has been prevalent throughout the modern age.

    Kenzaburo Oe - Nobel Lecture

  • Some of you here in this distinguished audience, and perhaps many of my colleagues who are not present, might say that the title I have chosen for this lecture is a strange and artificial construction.

    Trygve Haavelmo - Prize Lecture

  • If a lecture is asked for on any other subject, we will arrange for it.

    A New Overseas Problem

  • They each appeared with a favorable column, however, of what they called a lecture, so I learned afterward, and they had a kind word for the bellman besides.

    Sailing Alone Around the World

  • It appears they have invited many women's rights, migrant and refugee groups to attend in what they call a lecture on "Migrant Women: Sharing the Israeli experience in Migrant absorption".

    Indymedia Ireland

  • The lecture is information with some insight (students sit, listen, take notes).



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