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English definition of “lecture”

lecture

noun [C]     /ˈlek.tʃər/ US  /-tʃɚ/
B1 a formal talk on a serious subject given to a group of people, especially students: We went to a lecture on Italian art. Who's giving the lecture this afternoon? → Compare seminarClasses, courses and courseworkLecturing and addressing an angry or serious talk given to someone in order to criticize their behaviour: My dad gave me a lecture on the evils of alcohol last night.Lecturing and addressing
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