Definitions for: Lecture


[n] teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)
[n] a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
[n] a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"
[v] censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"; "check" is archaic
[v] deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Lec"ture (-t[-u]r; 135), n. [F. lecture, LL. lectura,
fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]
1. The act of reading; as, the lecture of Holy Scripture.
[Obs.]

2. A discourse on any subject; especially, a formal or
methodical discourse, intended for instruction; sometimes,
a familiar discourse, in contrast with a sermon.

3. A reprimand or formal reproof from one having authority.

4. (Eng. Universities) A rehearsal of a lesson.


Lec"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lectured (-t[-u]rd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Lecturing.]
1. To read or deliver a lecture to.

2. To reprove formally and with authority.


Lec"ture, v. i.
To deliver a lecture or lectures.

Synonyms: bawl out, berate, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecturing, public lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, speech, talk, talk, talking to, trounce

See Also: address, brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, class, correct, course, course of instruction, course of study, criticise, criticize, curtain lecture, instruct, instruction, learn, lecture demonstration, objurgate, pedagogy, pick apart, preach, preaching, prophesy, rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval, sermon, talk, teach, teaching, tell off

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