lesson

noun
les·​son | \ ˈle-sᵊn \

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 , 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 addition to undergoing six months of vocal lessons and learning to play the auto-harp, Witherspoon’s research included looking through the late singer’s closet for inspiration. Maria Ward, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reese Witherspoon," 10 Jan. 2019 According to Garner, the book is full of great recipes, insights, life lessons, and even some useful beauty and hair tips. Lily Rose, Glamour, "Jennifer Garner Took Reese Witherspoon's Advice and Wore Hot Rollers in Public," 19 Sep. 2018 Those lessons and love affairs are yours and yours alone to keep for life. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes September 2018," 1 Sep. 2018 Every day: Tennis lessons and instruction are available by appointment for all ages. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 Women are invited to enjoy adult beverages, have a riding lesson and tour the rescue farm from 6 to 9 p.m. July 21. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "5 boozy things to do July 20-21," 11 July 2018 Receipts show most if not all of the money was used to buy equipment, golf lessons and food such as shrimp cocktails and tacos for Van Den Heuvel’s wife and children. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin jobs agency writes off $1.1 million loan owed by De Pere businessman jailed for defrauding investors," 11 July 2018 The couple also chose two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the occasion. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Britain's Prince Louis is christened in London," 9 July 2018 FRIDAY Bay Area strikers: Local union members who have gone on strike discuss their experiences and lessons. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Bus caravan, Laborfest," 5 July 2018

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 \

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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