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 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.
n 1: a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture
on telecommunications" [syn: public lecture, talk]
2: a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of
discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to" [syn: speech,
3: teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to
a class) [syn: lecturing]
v 1: deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next
week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?" [syn: talk]
2: 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" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke,
rag, trounce, reproof, reprimand, jaw, dress
down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out,
remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste,