Definition of lesson noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    lesson

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈlɛsn//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1 a period of time in which someone is taught something She gives piano lessons. All new students are given lessons in/on how to use the library. I'm taking driving lessons. compare class Topic CollocationsEducationlearning acquire/get/lack experience/training/(an) education receive/provide somebody with training develop/design/plan a curriculum/course/program/syllabus give/go to/attend a class/lesson/lecture/seminar hold/run/conduct a class/seminar/workshop moderate/lead/facilitate a discussion sign up for/take a course/classes/lessonsschool go to/start preschool/kindergarten/nursery school be in the first, second, etc. grade (at school) study/take/drop history/chemistry/German, etc. finish/drop out of/quit school graduate from high school/collegeproblems at school be the victim/target of bullying/teasing skip/cut/ (informal) ditch class/school cheat on an exam/a test get/be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/be suspended from schoolwork and exams do your homework/a project on something work on/write/do/submit an essay/a dissertation/a thesis/an assignment/a paper finish/complete your dissertation/thesis/studies hand in/turn in your homework/essay/assignment/paper study/prepare/review/ (informal) cram for a test/an exam take/ (formal) sit for a test/an exam grade homework/a test do well on/ (informal) ace a test/an exam pass/fail/ (informal) flunk a test/an exam/a class/a course/a subjectcollege apply to/get into/go to/start college leave/graduate from college (with a degree in computer science)/law school study for/work towards a law degree/a degree in physics major/minor in biology/philosophy earn/receive/be awarded/get/have/hold a master's degree/a bachelor's degree/a Ph.D. in economics
  2. 2something that is intended to be learned The textbook is divided into 30 lessons. Other countries can teach us a lesson or two on industrial policy.
  3. 3an experience, especially an unpleasant one, that someone can learn from so that it does not happen again in the future a salutary lesson The accident taught me a lessonI'll never forget. We are still absorbing the harsh lessons of this disaster. It was a lesson not lost on (= learned well by) the team manager. lesson to somebody Let that be a lesson to you (= so that you do not make the same mistake again). Their openness was a terrific lesson to me. see also object lesson
  4. 4a passage from the Bible that is read to people during a church service The first lesson is taken from St. John's Gospel.
  5. Idioms
    learn your lesson
     
    jump to other results
    to learn what to do or not to do in the future because you have had a bad experience in the past
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lesson

Other results

All matches
Idioms