Meaning of “lesson” in the English Dictionary


"lesson" in English

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lessonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈles.ən/ us /ˈles.ən/

A1 a period of time in which a person is taught about a subject or how to do something:

How can we make science lessons more interesting?
She has never had/taken any acting lessons.
He gives French lessons.

B2 an experience that teaches you how to behave better in a similar situation in the future:

There is a lesson for all parents in this tragic accident.
My parents made me pay back all the money and it was a lesson I never forgot.
We can learn important lessons (= gain new understanding) from this disaster.

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(Definition of “lesson” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lessonnoun [ C ]

us /ˈles·ən/

a period of time during which something is taught:

Have you ever taken piano lessons?

A lesson is also a useful piece of information learned through experience:

Losing his job was a lesson he never forgot.

(Definition of “lesson” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)