les·​son | \ ˈle-sᵊn How to pronounce lesson (audio) \

Definition of lesson

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a passage from sacred writings read in a service of worship
2a : a piece of instruction
b : a reading or exercise to be studied by a pupil
c : a division of a course of instruction
3a : something learned by study or experience his years of travel had taught him valuable lessons
b : an instructive example the lessons of history
c : reprimand


lessoned; lessoning\ ˈle-​sə-​niŋ How to pronounce lesson (audio) , ˈles-​niŋ \

Definition of lesson (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a lesson to : instruct

Synonyms for lesson

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of lesson in a Sentence

Noun You can't go out to play until you've finished your lessons. The book is divided into 12 lessons. She took piano lessons for years. political leaders who have failed to learn the lessons of history I've learned my lesson—I'll never do that again! Let that be a lesson to you—if you don't take better care of your toys they'll get broken! Verb would tirelessly lesson the children in proper manners See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another showed the remnants of a business lesson — the components of everything that goes into a Chick-fil-A meal. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Rest Is a Professional Strategy’ The biggest lesson a business mentor taught me is that rest is a professional strategy. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2022 In February 2020, the soon-to-be mom of three opened up to PEOPLE about parenting, sharing the biggest lesson she's learned since becoming a mother. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 9 May 2022 Wrapping Up The biggest lesson from the pandemic is that while the companies are the ones making the rules, employees will dictate the future of work. Dimitri Akhrin, Forbes, 5 May 2022 How about a different kind of history lesson this Independence Day? Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2022 The university itself was very contemporary, but the biggest lesson for me was the importance of having a concept, and sticking to the concept when creating. Patrick St. Michel, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 Perhaps the biggest lesson from Wednesday's questions is that Jackson has perfected a two-step approach for nominees to avoid answering questions. Adam J. White, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 The Liningers said they weren’t notified of the lesson beforehand. Jessica Chasmar, Fox News, 15 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats are battling among themselves over how, and whether, to lesson some of these curbs. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Oregon tried to lesson the load on Verdell the past few springs, with last year’s practices cut short before full contact any way. oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2021 Regents were deciding whether to drop four men’s sports -- indoor and outdoor track, gymnastics and tennis -- as part of the athletic department’s attempt to lesson the financial blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, 10 Oct. 2020 The Pac-12′s daily, rapid-response testing will lesson the risk of those kind of outbreaks within a team. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2020 In theory, the Pac-12′s greater resources and capability for frequent and rapid testing should lesson the risk. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2020 The fluted barrel, besides adding a distinctive look to the gun, helps lesson the overall weight to just under 8 pounds. Savage Arms, Field & Stream, 30 July 2020 To lesson their harmful impact on the environment, 35 Starbucks stores began charging customers who use the paper cups on Monday, February 26. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, 27 Feb. 2018 LESSON 3: EMBRACE RIVALRY If competition brings out the best in us, what does rivalry—a sort of turbo-competition—do? Jon Wertheim, SI.com, 25 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of lesson


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lesson


Middle English, from Anglo-French leçon, from Late Latin lection-, lectio, from Latin, act of reading, from legere to read — more at legend

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“Lesson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesson. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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les·​son | \ ˈle-sᵊn How to pronounce lesson (audio) \

Kids Definition of lesson

1 : something learned or taught Travels to other countries taught him valuable lessons.
2 : a single class or part of a course of instruction music lessons

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