Definition of hector verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hector

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhektə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhektər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hector
BrE BrE//ˈhektə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhektər//
 
he / she / it hectors
BrE BrE//ˈhektəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhektərz//
 
past simple hectored
BrE BrE//ˈhektəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhektərd//
 
past participle hectored
BrE BrE//ˈhektəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhektərd//
 
-ing form hectoring
BrE BrE//ˈhektərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhektərɪŋ//
 
 
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hector somebody | + speech (formal) to try to make somebody do something by talking or behaving in an aggressive way synonym bully Word Origin late Middle English: from the Trojan warrior Hector. Originally denoting a hero, the sense later became ‘braggart or bully’ (applied in the late 17th cent. to a member of a gang of London youths), hence ‘talk to in a bullying way’.Extra examples Countries are tired of being hectored by Western leaders about industrial emissions. Teachers are feeling pushed around, hectored, lectured and badgered. Unlike most environmentalists, she doesn’t hector us about giving things up.
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