lesson

noun
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

lesson

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

Definition of lesson (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a lesson to : instruct

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Synonyms for lesson

Synonyms: Noun

assignment, reading

Synonyms: Verb

educate, indoctrinate, instruct, school, teach, train, tutor

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In an effort to keep up with her obsession, below is a brief fashion history lesson on the ’90s-era Versace collections that have been given new life by Kim Kardashian West. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Runway to Kim’s Way: A Fashion Compendium on Kardashian West’s Obsession With Vintage Versace," 19 Apr. 2019 OpenAI is done with Dota 2 for now, but the lessons learned could to design collaborative AI for all sorts of applications. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An AI Beat the Top Humans at a Modern Video Game Thanks to the Power of Teamwork," 16 Apr. 2019 Your Funds Many people believe that some of life’s best lessons are learned at the worst of times. Chuck Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Lessons lost; investors failed the downturn test of 2018," 13 Apr. 2019 Progressive lawmakers got a hard lesson last week in the skewed power dynamics of the state budget process. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Tough Lessons for Progressive Lawmakers in the New York State Budget Process," 7 Apr. 2019 Okay, so not really design-oriented, but still a very good lesson! In this episode, Bobby, Antoni, and Robert take an Orange Theory class together. 18. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "All the Design Lessons We Learned From Bobby Berk on Season 3 of 'Queer Eye'," 16 Mar. 2019 During their visit, some children gave Meghan and Harry a lesson in making maple taffy, a traditional Canadian springtime delicacy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Steps Out in a Sequined Erdem Coat During a Commonwealth Day Engagement," 11 Mar. 2019 Looking over the year as a whole one lesson stands out: AI is not magic. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 No one learned this latter lesson more painfully than Leslie Jones and Chrissy Teigen during NBC's New Year's Eve live broadcast from Times Square. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Got Hit in the Face by an Umbrella on Live TV, and Obviously It Became a Meme," 1 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Starbucks Stores in London Test Paper Cup Fee," 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, "Roger Federer LLC: How the G.O.A.T. Got to the Top of His Game, in Businesslike Fashion," 25 Aug. 2017 Lesson five: Find a way to focus on your strengths. Allen Buchanan, Orange County Register, "Six commercial real estate lessons learned in 2016," 7 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of lesson

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lesson

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lesson

: an activity that you do in order to learn something also : something that is taught
: a single class or part of a course of instruction
: something learned through experience

lesson

noun
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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