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lesson

noun [C]     /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.Classes, courses and coursework 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 .Information and messages
(Definition of lesson noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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