intransitive verb Etymology: Latin praelectus, past participle of praelegere, from prae- + legere to read — more at legend Date: 1785 to discourse publicly ; lectureprelection noun

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  • Prelect — Pre*lect , v. i. To discourse publicly; to lecture. [1913 Webster] Spitting . . . was publicly prelected upon. De. Quincey. [1913 Webster] To prelect upon the military art. Bp. Horsley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prelect — Pre*lect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prelected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prelecting}.] [L. praelectus, p. p. of praelegere to read before. See {Pre }, and {Lection}.] To read publicly, as a lecture or discourse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prelect — index declaim, discourse, inculcate, recite Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prelect — [prē lekt′, pri lekt′] vi. [< L praelectus, pp. of praelegere, to read before, lecture: see PRE & LECTURE] to lecture in public prelection n. prelector n …   English World dictionary

  • prelect — prelection /pri lek sheuhn/, n. prelector, n. /pri lekt /, v.i. to lecture or discourse publicly. Also, praelect. [1610 20; < L praelectus, ptp. of praelegere to lecture, equiv. to prae PRE + legere to read aloud; see LECTION] * * * …   Universalium

  • prelect — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To talk to an audience formally: address, lecture, speak. Archaic: bespeak. See WORDS …   English dictionary for students

  • prelect — v. n. Lecture, discourse, read, deliver lectures …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • prelect — pre·lect …   English syllables

  • prelect — pre•lect [[t]prɪˈlɛkt[/t]] v. i. cvb to lecture • Etymology: 1610–20; < L praelectus, ptp. of praelegere to read aloud =prae pre +legere to read pre•lec′tion ˈlɛk ʃən n. pre•lec′tor, n …   From formal English to slang

  • prelect —   v.i. deliver lecture.    ♦ prelection, n. lecture.    ♦ prelector, n. lecturer …   Dictionary of difficult words

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