March 06, 2013
lecture (noun)
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What does it mean?
1 : a talk given before an audience or class especially for instruction2 : a severe or formal criticism : scolding
How do you use it?
One of the requirements of Theo's botany course was that every student attend the lecture on annuals and perennials.
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The root word of "lecture" has three meanings. What do you think they are?

"Lecture" comes from the Latin verb "legere," which could mean either "to gather," "to choose," or "to read." The first meaning gave us the word "legion," the chief unit of the Roman army, which was later expanded to mean "a very large number." The second meaning resulted in "elect" and "select." The words "lesson," derived from the Latin word meaning "act of reading," and "legible," meaning "capable of being read," join today's Buzzword as products of the third meaning, "to read."
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