Definition of lecture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlektʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlektʃər//
    lecture (to somebody) (on/about something) University life, Anger
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  1. 1  a talk that is given to a group of people to teach them about a particular subject, often as part of a university or college course to deliver/give a lecture to first-year students to attend a series of lectures on Jane Austen a lecture room/hall Synonymsspeechlecture address talk sermonThese are all words for a talk given to an audience.speech a formal talk given to an audience:Several people made speeches at the wedding.lecture a talk given to a group of people to tell them about a particular subject, often as part of a university or college course:a lecture on the Roman army a course/​series of lecturesaddress a formal speech given to an audience:a televised presidential addressspeech or address?A speech can be given on a public or private occasion; an address is always public:He gave an address at the wedding.talk a fairly informal session in which somebody tells a group of people about a subject:She gave an interesting talk on her visit to China.sermon a talk on a moral or religious subject, usually given by a religious leader during a service:to preach a sermonPatterns a long/​short speech/​lecture/​address/​talk/​sermon a keynote speech/​lecture/​address to write/​prepare/​give/​deliver/​hear a(n) speech/​lecture/​address/​talk/​sermon to attend/​go to a lecture/​talk Wordfinderdegree, dissertation, education, graduate, hall of residence, lecture, major, seminar, tutorial, university CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/​get/​lack (an) education/​training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/​provide somebody with training/​tuition develop/​design/​plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/​syllabus give/​go to/​attend a class/​lesson/​lecture/​seminar hold/​run/​conduct a class/​seminar/​workshop sign up for/​take a course/​classes/​lessonsSchool go to/​start preschool/​kindergarten/​nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/​take/​drop history/​chemistry/​German, etc. (British English) leave/​finish/​drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/​collegeProblems at school be the victim/​target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/​skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/​cut class/​school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) cheat on an exam/​a test get/​be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/​be suspended from schoolWork and exams do your homework/(British English) revision/​a project on something work on/​write/​do/​submit an essay/​a dissertation/​a thesis/​an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/​complete your dissertation/​thesis/​studies/​coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/​essay/​assignment/​paper study/​prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/​an exam take/ (both British English) do/​sit a test/​an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/​a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/​an exam pass/​fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/​an exam/​a class/​a course/​a subjectUniversity apply to/​get into/​go to/​start college/(British English) university leave/​graduate from law school/​college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/​take/ (British English) do/​complete a law degree/​a degree in physics (both North American English) major/​minor in biology/​philosophy earn/​receive/​be awarded/​get/​have/​hold a master’s degree/​a bachelor’s degree/​a PhD in economics See related entries: University life
  2. 2a long angry talk that somebody gives to one person or a group of people because they have done something wrong I know I should stop smoking—don't give me a lecture about it. See related entries: Anger
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘reading, a text to read’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin lectura, from Latin lect- ‘read, chosen’, from the verb legere.Extra examples I don’t need any lectures from you on responsibility. I don’t take lectures from anyone on how to behave. I got a lecture from Dad about coming home on time. I have a lecture at nine tomorrow. Professor Pearson gave the inaugural lecture in the new lecture theatre. She gave me a stern lecture on ingratitude. She referred to Professor Jones’s work in her lecture on Shakespeare’s imagery. She wasn’t at the lecture. The fire alarm went during his lecture. The society is putting on a series of lectures on the subject next term. a familiar figure on the international lecture circuit a lecture by Professor Snow a lecture entitled ‘How to Prevent Food Poisoning’ a lecture to the Darwin Society He gave a very interesting and informative lecture on the Roman army. I know I should stop smoking—don’t give me a lecture about it. a lecture room/​hall a lecture theatre
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