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lecture (plural lectures)
- A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group.
- During class today the professor delivered an interesting lecture.
- A berating or scolding.
- I really don't want you to give me a lecture about my bad eating habits.
- (obsolete) The act of reading.
- the lecture of Holy Scripture
a spoken lesson
- (transitive, intransitive) To teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic.
- The professor lectured to two classes this morning.
- (transitive) To preach, to berate, to scold.
2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18:
- The dispatches […] also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.
- Emily's father lectured her about the importance of being home before midnight.
- See also Wikisaurus:reprehend
to berate, to scold
lecture f (plural lectures)
- reading (act or process of reading)
- "lecture" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).