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LEC'TURE, noun [Latin lectura, from lego, to read.]

1. A discourse read or pronounced on any subject; usually, a formal or methodical discourse, intended for instruction; as a lecture on morals, philosophy, rhetoric, or theology.

2. A reading; the act or practice of reading; as in the lecture of Holy Scripture. [Little used.]

3. A magisterial reprimand; a formal reproof.

4. A recitation; rehearsal of a lesson.

LEC'TURE, verb intransitive

1. To read or deliver a formal discourse.

2. To practice reading lectures for instruction. We say, the professor lectures on geometry, or on chimistry.

LEC'TURE, verb transitive

1. To instruct by discourses.

2. To instruct dogmatically or authoritatively; to reprove; as, to lecture one for his faults.