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

      

    lecture

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlektʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlektʃər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lecture
    BrE BrE//ˈlektʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlektʃər//
     
    he / she / it lectures
    BrE BrE//ˈlektʃəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlektʃərz//
     
    past simple lectured
    BrE BrE//ˈlektʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlektʃərd//
     
    past participle lectured
    BrE BrE//ˈlektʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlektʃərd//
     
    -ing form lecturing
    BrE BrE//ˈlektʃərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlektʃərɪŋ//
     
    University life
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] lecture (in/on something) to give a talk or a series of talks to a group of people on a subject, especially as a way of teaching in a university or college She lectures in Russian literature. See related entries: University life
  2. 2[transitive] lecture somebody (about/on something) | lecture somebody (about doing something) to criticize somebody or tell them how you think they should behave, especially when it is done in an annoying way Don’t start lecturing me! He's always lecturing me about the way I dress.
  3. Word Origin late 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 Don’t start lecturing me! He’s always lecturing her about the way she dresses. She lectured me about taking responsibility for my actions.
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