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lecturenoun [C]

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

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

a serious talk given to criticize someone or give someone advice: She gave him a lecture about his table manners.
lecturer
noun [C] us   /ˈlek·tʃər·ər/

lectureverb [I/T]

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

to give a formal, prepared talk 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 serious talk to criticize or give advice to that person: [T] He lectured me on the need to keep accurate records.
(Definition of lecture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"lecture" in British English

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lecturenoun [C]

uk   /ˈlek.tʃər/ us   /ˈlek.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?
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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.

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lectureverb

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