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Lecture, subst. lesson, discourse or reading for the purpose of instruction: “when in music we have spent an hour, your l. shall have leisure for as much,” Shr. III, 1, 8. “his l. will be done ere you have tuned,” Shr. III, 1, 8 “you'll leave his l.” Shr. III, 1, 8 “by my former l. and advice,” Hml. II, 1, 67. to read --s == 1) to give lessons for the instruction of others: “I have heard him read many --s against it,” As III, 2, 365. “read no other --s to her,” Shr. I, 2, 148. “say we read --s to you, how youngly he began to serve his country,” Cor. II, 3, 243. cf. “if thy offences were upon record, would it not shame thee in so fair a troop to read a l. of them?” R2 IV, 232. 2) to receive instruction: “wilt thou be the school where lust shall learn? must he in thee read --s of such shame?” Lucr. 618.
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