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Meaning of “lecture” in the English Dictionary

"lecture" in British English

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lecturenoun [C]

uk   /ˈlek.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
B1 a ​formaltalk on a ​serioussubject given to a ​group of ​people, ​especiallystudents: We went to a lecture onItalianart. Who's giving the lecture this ​afternoon?
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an ​angry or ​serioustalk given to someone in ​order to ​criticizetheirbehaviour: My ​dad gave me a lecture on the ​evils of ​alcohol last ​night.

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lectureverb

uk   /ˈlek.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
(Definition of lecture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lecturenoun [C]

 us   /ˈlek·tʃər/
  • lecture noun [C] (FORMAL TALK)

a ​formal, ​preparedtalk given to a ​group of ​people, esp. ​students: a lecture on ​astronomy
  • lecture noun [C] (CRITICISM)

a ​serioustalk given to ​criticize someone or give someone ​advice: She gave him a lecture about his ​tablemanners.
lecturer
noun [C]  us   /ˈlek·tʃər·ər/

lectureverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈlek·tʃər/
  • lecture verb [I/T] (TALK FORMALLY)

to give a ​formal, ​preparedtalk to a ​group of ​people, esp. ​students: [I] She’s lecturing on the ​geology of the ​region.
  • lecture verb [I/T] (CRITICIZE)

to give someone a ​serioustalk to ​criticize or give ​advice to that ​person: [T] He lectured me on the need to ​keepaccuraterecords.
(Definition of lecture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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