lecture

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A lecture in progress at the Singapore Management University

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From Middle English lecture, lectour, letture, letteur, lettur, lectury, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin lectura (reading), from Latin lectus, past participle of legō (I read, I recite).

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lecture (plural lectures)

  1. A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group.
    During class today the professor delivered an interesting lecture.
  2. (by extension) a class that primarily consists of a (weekly or other regularly held) lecture (as in sense 1) [usually at college or university]
    We will not have lecture tomorrow.
    Lecture notes are online.
  3. A berating or scolding.
    I really don't want you to give me a lecture about my bad eating habits.
  4. (obsolete) The act of reading.
    the lecture of Holy Scripture

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lecture (third-person singular simple present lectures, present participle lecturing, simple past and past participle lectured)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic.
    The professor lectured to two classes this morning.
  2. (transitive) To preach, to berate, to scold.
    • 2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, in 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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin lēctūra, feminine of Classical Latin lēctūrus.

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lecture f (plural lectures)

  1. reading (act or process of reading, interpretation, material read, and some other senses)
  2. playback (the replaying of something previously recorded, especially sound or moving images)
    appareil de lectureplayback device
  3. play (an instance of watching or listening to digital media)

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lēctūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of lēctūrus