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les·son

 (lĕs′ən)
n.
1. Something to be learned: lessons from observing nature.
2.
a. A period of instruction; a class.
b. An assignment or exercise in which something is to be learned.
c. The act or an instance of instructing; teaching.
3.
a. An experience, example, or observation that imparts new knowledge or understanding: The conversation was a lesson in tact.
b. The knowledge or wisdom so acquired. Missing the opening act taught me a lesson about being late.
4. often Lesson A reading from the Bible or other sacred text as part of a religious service.
tr.v. les·soned, les·son·ing, les·sons Archaic
1. To teach a lesson to; instruct.
2. To rebuke or reprimand.

[Middle English lessoun, from Old French leson, from Latin lēctiō, lēctiōn-, a reading, from lēctus, past participle of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

lesson

(ˈlɛsən)
n
1. (Education)
a. a unit, or single period of instruction in a subject; class: an hour-long music lesson.
b. the content of such a unit
2. (Education) material assigned for individual study
3. something from which useful knowledge or principles can be learned; example
4. the principles, knowledge, etc, gained
5. a reprimand or punishment intended to correct
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a portion of Scripture appointed to be read at divine service
vb
(tr) rare to censure or punish
[C13: from Old French leçon, from Latin lēctiō, from legere to read]

les•son

(ˈlɛs ən)
n.
1. a section into which a course of study is divided, esp. a single, continuous session of instruction: to take driving lessons.
2. a unit of a book, an exercise, etc., that is assigned to a student for study.
3. something to be learned or studied: the lessons of the past.
4. a useful piece of practical wisdom acquired by experience or study: The accident taught him a lesson.
5. an instructive example: Her faith should serve as a lesson to all of us.
6. a reproof or punishment intended to teach one better ways.
7. a portion of Scripture read at a divine service.
v.t.
8. to admonish or reprove.
[1175–1225; Middle English lesso(u)n < Old French leçon < Latin lēctiōnem, acc. of lēctiō; see lection]

lesson


Past participle: lessoned
Gerund: lessoning

Imperative
lesson
lesson
Present
I lesson
you lesson
he/she/it lessons
we lesson
you lesson
they lesson
Preterite
I lessoned
you lessoned
he/she/it lessoned
we lessoned
you lessoned
they lessoned
Present Continuous
I am lessoning
you are lessoning
he/she/it is lessoning
we are lessoning
you are lessoning
they are lessoning
Present Perfect
I have lessoned
you have lessoned
he/she/it has lessoned
we have lessoned
you have lessoned
they have lessoned
Past Continuous
I was lessoning
you were lessoning
he/she/it was lessoning
we were lessoning
you were lessoning
they were lessoning
Past Perfect
I had lessoned
you had lessoned
he/she/it had lessoned
we had lessoned
you had lessoned
they had lessoned
Future
I will lesson
you will lesson
he/she/it will lesson
we will lesson
you will lesson
they will lesson
Future Perfect
I will have lessoned
you will have lessoned
he/she/it will have lessoned
we will have lessoned
you will have lessoned
they will have lessoned
Future Continuous
I will be lessoning
you will be lessoning
he/she/it will be lessoning
we will be lessoning
you will be lessoning
they will be lessoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lessoning
you have been lessoning
he/she/it has been lessoning
we have been lessoning
you have been lessoning
they have been lessoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lessoning
you will have been lessoning
he/she/it will have been lessoning
we will have been lessoning
you will have been lessoning
they will have been lessoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lessoning
you had been lessoning
he/she/it had been lessoning
we had been lessoning
you had been lessoning
they had been lessoning
Conditional
I would lesson
you would lesson
he/she/it would lesson
we would lesson
you would lesson
they would lesson
Past Conditional
I would have lessoned
you would have lessoned
he/she/it would have lessoned
we would have lessoned
you would have lessoned
they would have lessoned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lesson - a unit of instructionlesson - a unit of instruction; "he took driving lessons"
language lesson - a period of instruction learning a language
course, course of instruction, course of study, class - education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"
teaching, pedagogy, instruction - the profession of a teacher; "he prepared for teaching while still in college"; "pedagogy is recognized as an important profession"
dance lesson - a lesson in dancing
music lesson - a lesson in performing music
tennis lesson - a lesson in playing tennis
golf lesson - a lesson in playing golf
2.lesson - punishment intended as a warning to others; "they decided to make an example of him"
admonition, word of advice, monition, warning - cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness); "a letter of admonition about the dangers of immorality"; "the warning was to beware of surprises"; "his final word of advice was not to play with matches"
3.lesson - the significance of a story or eventlesson - the significance of a story or event; "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
4.lesson - a task assigned for individual study; "he did the lesson for today"
school assignment, schoolwork - a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
exercise, example - a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; "you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook"
reading assignment - the reading of a passage assigned by the teacher
didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching - the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed"; "good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded"
history lesson - a lesson in the facts of history

lesson

noun
2. example, warning, model, message, moral, deterrent, precept, exemplar There is one lesson to be learned from this crisis.
3. exercise, reading, practice, task, lecture, drill, assignment, homework, recitation Now let's look at lesson one.
4. Bible reading, reading, text, Bible passage, Scripture passage The Rev. Nicola Judd read the lesson.

lesson

noun
1. The principle taught by a fable or parable, for example:
2. An instance that warns or discourages prospective imitators:
Translations
دَرْسدَرْسٌفَصْل من الكتاب المُقَدَّس
lekcečteníhodina
timebibelafsnitlærestreglektie
leciono
درس
oppituntiläksyluentoopetus
לקחשיעורשיעורים
पाठ
sat
leckelekciószentlecke
kafli úr ritningunnikennslustundlexía; lærdómur
授業
수업
documentum
evangelijos ištrauka
lasījumsmācībanodarbībastunda
učna ura
lektion
บทเรียน
виклад
bàibài học

lesson

[ˈlesn]
A. N
1. (= class) → clase f
a French/tennis lessonuna clase de francés/tenis
to give swimming/piano lessonsdar clases de natación/piano
to give (sb) private lessons in mathsdar (a algn) clases particulares de matemáticas
she's having driving lessonsle están dando clases de conducir
2. (in textbook) → lección f
3. (fig) → lección f
if there is a single lesson to be drawn from this, it is thatsi hay algo que podemos aprender de esto, es que ...
there are lessons to be learnt from this terrible tragedyesta terrible tragedia nos debe servir de lección
let that be a lesson to you!¡que te sirva de lección!, ¡para que aprendas!
to teach sb a lessondar una lección a algn
his courage is a lesson to us allsu valor debe servirnos a todos de lección
see also learn A1
4. (Rel) → lectura f
B. CPD lesson plan Nplan m de estudio

lesson

[ˈlɛsən] n
(teaching a subject)leçon f
The lessons last forty minutes each → Les leçons durent quarante minutes chacune.
a maths lesson → une leçon de maths
a French lesson → une leçon de français
a piano lesson → une leçon de piano driving lesson
to take piano lessons → prendre des leçons de piano
to take lessons in sth → prendre des leçons de qch
to give lessons in sth → donner des leçons de qch
"Lesson Sixteen" → "Leçon seize"
(fig) (= advice or warning to be heeded) → leçon f
There's a lesson to be learned from all this → Il y a une leçon à tirer de tout cela.
let that be a lesson to you! → que cela vous serve de leçon!
to teach sb a lesson → donner une bonne leçon à qn
It taught him a lesson → Cela lui a servi de leçon.

lesson

n
(Sch etc) → Stunde f; (= unit of study)Lektion f; lessonsUnterricht m; (= homework)(Haus)aufgaben pl; his lessons are boringsein Unterricht ist or seine Stunden sind langweilig; lessons begin at 9der Unterricht or die Schule beginnt um 9; he’s not very good at his lessonser ist kein besonders guter Schüler; a French lessoneine Französischstunde; a driving lessoneine Fahrstunde; to give or teach a lessoneine Stunde geben, unterrichten; we’re having a French lesson nowwir haben jetzt Französisch
(fig)Lehre f; to be a lesson to somebodyjdm eine Lehre sein; he has learned his lessoner hat seine Lektion gelernt; to teach somebody a lessonjdm eine Lektion erteilen; what lesson can we learn from this story?was können wir von dieser Geschichte lernen?; it was an important lesson of life for medas war mir eine wichtige Lehre im Leben
(Eccl) → Lesung f; to read the lessondie Lesung halten

lesson

[ˈlɛsn] nlezione f
to give lessons in → dare or impartire lezioni di
a French lesson → una lezione di francese
to teach sb a lesson (fig) → dare una lezione a qn
it taught him a lesson (fig) → gli è servito di lezione

lesson

(ˈlesn) noun
1. something which is learned or taught. The lesson which we learned from the experience was never to trust anyone.
2. a period of teaching. during the French lesson.
3. a part of the Bible read in church. He was asked to read the lesson on Sunday morning.

lesson

دَرْسٌ lekce time Unterrichtsstunde μάθημα lección oppitunti leçon sat lezione 授業 수업 les undervisningstime lekcja lição урок lektion บทเรียน ders bài học 功课

lesson

n. lección, enseñanza, instrucción.
References in classic literature ?
I felt so rich, so happy thinking of my blessings, that I made him a nice bundle, gave him some money, and thanked him heartily for the lesson he had taught me.
Almost every day she came running across the prairie to have her reading lesson with me.
The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed.
Yonder is the signal given to man to seek his food and natural rest," he said; "better and wiser would it be, if he could understand the signs of nature, and take a lesson from the fowls of the air and the beasts of the field
Hence, too, might be drawn a weighty lesson from the little-regarded truth, that the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or evil fruit in a far-distant time; that, together with the seed of the merely temporary crop, which mortals term expediency, they inevitably sow the acorns of a more enduring growth, which may darkly overshadow their posterity.
It is a good lesson -- though it may often be a hard one -- for a man who has dreamed of literary fame, and of making for himself a rank among the world's dignitaries by such means, to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.
I have read ye by what murky light may be mine the lesson that Jonah teaches to all sinners; and therefore to ye, and still more to me, for I am a greater sinner than ye.
And thus, through the courage and great skill in obstetrics of Queequeg, the deliverance, or rather, delivery of Tashtego, was successfully accomplished, in the teeth, too, of the most untoward and apparently hopeless impediments; which is a lesson by no means to be forgotten.
I like them very well; but you see I had to give them a lesson.
She learned her lesson this time, poor creature; she learned it ten times over.
For a lesson, I will let this darkness proceed, and spread night in the world; but whether I blot out the sun for good, or restore it, shall rest with you.
I was taught a lesson in political economy in Frankfort.