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give a talk/speech/lecture
▪ He’s giving a talk on early Roman pottery.
keynote speech/address/lecture etc
▪ He is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at an awards ceremony.
lecture notes (=notes that a student writes down during a lecture)
▪ I missed class today; can I borrow your lecture notes?
▪ Shchapov was only one of the newly appointed professors whose inaugural lecture hinted at a political programme.
▪ Kostomarov expressed an almost identical antipathy to the state in his inaugural lecture of November 1859.
▪ The basis of their programme is clearly outlined in an inaugural lecture given by G. H. Bantock at Leicester in 1965.
▪ Michael was asked to give the introductory lecture at an engineering conference on the subject of his government review.
▪ He was largely self-taught through wide reading and attendance at public lectures.
▪ Westinghouse fought back with public lectures and pamphlets.
▪ Some horticultural staff write excellent articles in journals, and some are in constant demand for public lectures.
▪ This study of Alberti, for example, started life as a series of public lectures at Columbia University.
▪ Both the Harvard and Caltech groups took their maps on the lecture circuit, giving talks at scattered conferences and universities.
▪ The lecture programme extends from October to April and consists of lecture courses, tutorials and laboratory work totalling approximately 260 hours.
▪ It is advised by an academic committee specifically concerned with the structure and balance of the lecture course.
▪ Graduate lecture courses are few at present but may be expected to grow in number in the near future.
▪ Four lecture courses assessed on course work; two curriculum development exercises.
▪ Meanwhile, Lepine has walked further along the corridor to the large lecture hall, B-311.
▪ He looked out into the lecture hall and saw one hundred and seventy pairs of eyes staring back at him.
▪ And she saw the big staircases leading up to the libraries and the lecture halls.
▪ The lecture hall was jammed when Stafford deliberately arrived at the very last moment.
▪ They are quite likely to be moving rapidly from one lecture hall to another in consecutive hours.
▪ In the excitement as the applause commenced, nobody had noticed Stafford slipping out of the lecture hall.
▪ She put a table in front of her to see how she would look from the lecture hall.
▪ Painters and sculptors began looking for inspiration in spontaneity and primitive feeling rather than in the lecture halls of traditional learning.
▪ The next drawer was full of scribbled notes on A4 paper, lecture notes by the look of them.
▪ The lecture notes are fragmented; a fair number of sentences remain incomplete.
▪ Borrowing lecture notes is often a complete waste of time because you've missed the impact.
▪ How can you make the best use of lecture notes? 1.
▪ File your notes at least weekly Even your best lecture notes are useless if you can't find them.
▪ To explain how to take useful lecture notes. 4.
▪ The best way to do that is through the lecture notes.
▪ There's a bar and a lecture room for guests' use.
▪ In September 1847, £2,500 was allocated for a combined lecture room, library, reading room and music hall.
▪ Academics study and analyse films in lecture rooms.
▪ The Library turned out to be a small lecture room with about twenty hard chairs facing an overhead projector and screen.
▪ There were laboratories and lecture rooms, a library, a refectory, a ballroom and a theatre.
▪ School groups can be accommodated in a lecture room where project work or pre-arranged activities can be provided in conjunction with the displays.
▪ In the inevitable lecture series that followed, few would be intrigued by a grossly overweight, fortyish prude.
▪ The 3-year old Debating Society wanted a high-profile launch for their celebrity lecture series.
▪ Less energetic members may be interested to hear of two lecture series based in London this October and early next year.
▪ There was also a lecture Theatre for people who had packed lunches.
▪ The centre also has a lecture theatre and processing lab.
▪ Everybody was assembled in the lecture theatre at the appointed time, but no lecturer had arrived.
▪ The interior, now a lecture theatre, has stucco decoration from the mid-17C.
▪ The lecture theatre disgorged its students.
▪ Kara was sitting on the far side of the lecture theatre, well away from the source of the cry.
▪ Magician's Road, in the well equipped lecture theatre or in the Museum galleries.
▪ He founded a school, which he had to finance by writing journalism and giving exhausting lecture tours in the United States.
▪ In 1886 he came on his last lecture tour, managed by Pond, and at the invitation of Parker.
▪ He's currently on a nationwide lecture tour called Heal the World.
▪ To get the most out of lectures, it pays to attend regularly.
▪ I attended all my lectures and got the best grades.
▪ I've been attending all the lectures that deal with building up a practice.
▪ Some time ago I attended a lecture on psychotherapy for people who have a catastrophic illness.
▪ Since he was unable to attend, the lecture he had prepared was read out to the 1,000 participants on December 14.
▪ A group of them even inVited one of the prominent leftist student spokesmen to attend the lectures and help direct the questioning.
▪ Wittgenstein did nothing to soften the difficulties, even discouraging his own students from attending Waismann's lectures.
▪ The mechanics lost out, and the place became a research institute funded by subscribers who attended lectures.
▪ Moxie had early detected Ned smuggling in a bottle of whisky, and had delivered a chastening lecture.
▪ He has done all but deliver the lecture.
▪ I must have delivered hundreds of lectures, pep-talks, addresses, speeches, and organized many others.
▪ Mr Delors was at the London School of Economics, less than a mile away, delivering a lecture.
▪ In 1962 she had to deliver the Huxley lecture seated and the next year was her last in the field.
▪ Apart from his lectures at Woolwich, he delivered a course of lectures on the horse at Guy's Hospital in 1817.
▪ The acolyte Rizla clears his throat to deliver the lecture.
▪ Every moment therefore of his time was dedicated either to preparing or to giving lectures.
▪ Back in class, Miss Grimhle gave a lecture on racial harmony.
▪ More than one Gaullist found himself in the difficult situation of having to give de Gaulle a lecture in Gaullism.
▪ They are listening to him give a brief lecture on the tour.
▪ The journey culminated in a Friday night debate where Patten gave a lecture on proper posture.
▪ He can give no lecture to us on unemployment.
▪ That does not mean giving up lectures.
▪ He continued to give lectures, readings and radio talks.
▪ The group presents lectures and workshops once each month.
▪ I will be invited to present some lectures and some people will write better books and give some better lectures.
deliver a speech/lecture/address etc
▪ All the staff of the company director delivered a speech.
▪ But the spectre of delivering a speech brown-nosing the teachers jammed her imagination.
▪ Fidel Castro delivering speeches in the fields and plazas.
▪ It wasn't Rudy intention to play the role of the Gipper or deliver an address like Lincoln at Gettysburg.
▪ Mr Delors was at the London School of Economics, less than a mile away, delivering a lecture.
the tennis/lecture/cabaret etc circuit
▪ Both the Harvard and Caltech groups took their maps on the lecture circuit, giving talks at scattered conferences and universities.
▪ a lecture on the causes of the Russian Revolution
▪ Professor Blair is giving a series of lectures on Einstein's theories.
▪ She launched into another one of her lectures about why we should always do our homework.
▪ Even if she fails to turn up for her next set of lectures there is nothing we can do but not pay her.
▪ He was largely self-taught through wide reading and attendance at public lectures.
▪ No scientific lecture is ever given without slides or other visual aids, especially if chemical structures are to be shown.
▪ The lecture, starting at 9: 30 a. m., is free.
▪ The first lecture was due to start in half an hour - time enough for what she had to do.
▪ The old dining-room is now a brass rubbing centre and the drawing-room is used for meetings and lectures.
▪ These hotels provided musical afternoons, teas, bridge parties, lectures, dances, and sports facilities.
the tennis/lecture/cabaret etc circuit
▪ Both the Harvard and Caltech groups took their maps on the lecture circuit, giving talks at scattered conferences and universities.
▪ After the violence on the field, the manager lectured the team about acceptable standards of behaviour.
▪ Before his retirement he lectured at the Institut Pasteur.
▪ For many years Dr Thornton lectured in Economics at University College.
▪ He was lectured by the headmaster in front of the whole school.
▪ She's always lecturing me on bad manners.
▪ She lectures on Shakespeare at Edinburgh University.
▪ But I didn't mean to lecture you, old thing.
▪ I have never lectured in a finer classroom.
▪ In 1955 Miss Paterson was invited to lecture and conduct courses for teachers in Montreal and at Yale.
▪ Pena was roundly criticized by senators who lectured him about public grandstanding and insufficient attention to safety concerns.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lecture \Lec"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lectured (-t[-u]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lecturing.]

  1. To read or deliver a lecture to.

  2. To reprove formally and with authority.


Lecture \Lec"ture\ (-t[-u]r; 135), n. [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

  1. The act of reading; as, the lecture of Holy Scripture.

  2. A discourse on any subject; especially, a formal or methodical discourse, intended for instruction; sometimes, a familiar discourse, in contrast with a sermon.

  3. A reprimand or formal reproof from one having authority.

  4. (Eng. Universities) A rehearsal of a lesson.


Lecture \Lec"ture\, v. i. To deliver a lecture or lectures.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "action of reading, that which is read," from Medieval Latin lectura "a reading, lecture," from Latin lectus, past participle of legere "to read," originally "to gather, collect, pick out, choose" (compare election), from PIE *leg- (1) "to pick together, gather, collect" (cognates: Greek legein "to say, tell, speak, declare," originally, in Homer, "to pick out, select, collect, enumerate;" lexis "speech, diction;" logos "word, speech, thought, account;" Latin lignum "wood, firewood," literally "that which is gathered").\n

\nTo read is to "pick out words." Meaning "action of reading (a lesson) aloud" is from 1520s. That of "a discourse on a given subject before an audience for purposes of instruction" is from 1530s.


1580s, from lecture (n.). Meaning "to address severely and at length" is from 1706. Related: Lectured; lecturing.


n. (senseid en a spoken lesson) A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group. vb. 1 (senseid en to teach)(context ambitransitive English) To teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic. 2 (context transitive English) To preach, to berate, to scold.

  1. n. a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture on telecommunications" [syn: public lecture, talk]

  2. a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to" [syn: speech, talking to]

  3. teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class) [syn: lecturing]

  1. v. deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?" [syn: talk]

  2. censure severely or angrily; "The 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" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]


A lecture (from the French 'lecture', meaning 'reading' [process]) is an oral presentation intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject, for example by a university or college teacher. Lectures are used to convey critical information, history, background, theories, and equations. A politician's speech, a minister's sermon, or even a businessman's sales presentation may be similar in form to a lecture. Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content.

Though lectures are much criticised as a teaching method, universities have not yet found practical alternative teaching methods for the large majority of their courses. Critics point out that lecturing is mainly a one-way method of communication that does not involve significant audience participation but relies upon passive learning. Therefore, lecturing is often contrasted to active learning. Lectures delivered by talented speakers can be highly stimulating; at the very least, lectures have survived in academia as a quick, cheap, and efficient way of introducing large numbers of students to a particular field of study.

Lectures have a significant role outside the classroom, as well. Academic and scientific awards routinely include a lecture as part of the honor, and academic conferences often center around " keynote addresses", i.e., lectures. The public lecture has a long history in the sciences and in social movements. Union halls, for instance, historically have hosted numerous free and public lectures on a wide variety of matters. Similarly, churches, community centers, libraries, museums, and other organizations have hosted lectures in furtherance of their missions or their constituents' interests. Lectures represent a continuation of oral tradition in contrast to textual communication in books and other media. Lectures may be considered a type of grey literature.

Usage examples of "lecture".

Coherence was achieved because the men who created the system all used the same, ever-growing body of textbooks, and they were all familiar with similar routines of lectures, debates and academic exercises and shared a belief that Christianity was capable of a systematic and authoritative presentation.

The outlets I depend on, use for survival and have become addicted to are gone, replaced by Doctors and Nurses and Counselors and Rules and Regulations and Pills and Lectures and Mandatory Meals and Jobs in the morning and none of them do a fucking thing for me.

I had ever heard, yet I did not doubt that his addled sermonette was an incarnation of that very lecture.

I felt exactly the same as an hour earlier back when the Zookeeper was spilling me the canned adios lecture about accepting responsibility.

There Tom told how the Red Cloud came to be built, and of his first trip in the air, while, on the opposite side, Miss Delafield lectured to the entire school on aeronautics, as she thought she knew them.

But when things went wrong Back Aft, Vaughn was as likely to raise his voice, a stern frown clouding his face, preaching to his officers and men, sometimes even lecturing broken equipment.

Cady had given her a stern lecture when Agate had told her of the encounter.

Nay, the free thinker, Nemojewski, wrote a book, in which he maintained the monstrous lie that Jewish religious murders are facts, and traveled all over the country with an agitatorial lecture to the same purpose.

Pacino had been lectured for ten minutes by Alameda to not even think about touching the international emergency beacon.

I had a good idea that whatever lecturing there was to do on the subject of Will sitting in the woods listening to medieval music, Lance and Jennifer had already covered that day I saw them in the arboretum with him.

Father lectured Meb on the impossibility of returning to Basilica any time soon.

He considers himself a follower of yours, copies before your Bathers every day, gives lectures on it to new painters.

Jacopo telling stories, Aristotle giving a lecture on the Bathers, Bugiardini singing love songs about Florence.

Gray bicentenary, which took place on December 26th, 1916, the Dean of Norwich, who is a member of the Public Library Committee, delivered a lecture on Thomas Gray at the Technical Institute on December 15th, when the Deputy Mayor, Alderman H.

De Bono was right, but it rankled to be lectured on the matter by someone younger.