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English noun: lecture

1. lecture (communication) a speech that is open to the public

SamplesHe attended a lecture on telecommunications.

Synonymspublic lecture, talk

Broader (hypernym)address, speech

2. lecture (communication) a lengthy rebuke

SamplesA good lecture was my father's idea of discipline.
The teacher gave him a talking to.

Synonymsspeech, talking to

Broader (hypernym)rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval

Narrower (hyponym)curtain lecture, preaching, sermon

3. lecture (act) teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)


Broader (hypernym)instruction, pedagogy, teaching

Narrower (hyponym)talk

Part holonymlecture demonstration

Part meronymclass, course, course of instruction, course of study

English verb: lecture

1. lecture (communication) deliver a lecture or talk

SamplesShe will talk at Rutgers next week.
Did you ever lecture at Harvard?.

ExamplesSam and Sue lecture


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something ----s to somebody.
Somebody ----s on something

Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach

Narrower (hyponym)preach, prophesy

2. lecture (communication) censure severely or angrily

SamplesThe mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car.
The deputy ragged the Prime Minister.
The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup.

Synonymsbawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off

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