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

But the fundamental lesson learned here is that public-private partnerships give a private for-profit company control over public projects and public dollars. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: DIA got out of a bad public-private partnership, we should stop getting into them," 23 Aug. 2019 If the lessons learned from mentors are not enough motivation, Turner can bring it back home, literally. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, "Lifetime achievement award winner isn't done giving back | Shining Light Awards," 23 Aug. 2019 These were lessons learned from 2014, when the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement fizzled after more than two months without winning any concessions. Washington Post, "Hong Kong’s evolving protests: Voices from the front lines," 23 Aug. 2019 Reflecting several years later on lessons learned, Roberts concluded that his rebellious phase was decidedly over. BostonGlobe.com, "Looking back on Woodstock — the music, the people, the money," 22 Aug. 2019 That’s not to say there aren’t still lessons to learn. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Does Succession Get Tom and Shiv's Relationship Right? A Vanderbilt Says Yes.," 11 Aug. 2019 Our entire organization is deeply committed to growing the game at all levels, and to celebrating the invaluable life lessons learned through youth baseball. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles to face Red Sox in 2020 Little League Classic in Williamsport," 7 Aug. 2019 His project on the war children of East Prussia offers an opportunity to reflect on the significant lessons of the effects of war on children and the complex and extensive processes from which identity and history are constructed. Gail Fletcher, National Geographic, "The forgotten ‘wolf children’ of World War II," 29 July 2019 Like each of those five quarterbacks, either Gatewood or Nix will have some lessons to learn on the fly as a starter in the SEC. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al.com, "The biggest lessons veteran SEC quarterbacks learned from starting as freshmen," 25 July 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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The first known use of lesson was in the 13th century

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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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