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Meaning of lecture

lec•ture

Pronunciation: (lek'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. a speech read or delivered before an audience or class, esp. for instruction or to set forth some subject: a lecture on Picasso's paintings.
  2. a speech of warning or reproof as to conduct; a long, tedious reprimand.
—v.i.
  1. to give a lecture or series of lectures: He spent the year lecturing to various student groups.
—v.t.
  1. to deliver a lecture to or before; instruct by lectures.
  2. to rebuke or reprimand at some length: He lectured the child regularly but with little effect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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