- 1An amount of teaching given at one time; a period of learning or teaching: an advanced lesson in math a driving lessonMore example sentences
- With the first two lessons, students are learning right away that a sketchbook is not necessarily a book of drawings, but a tool for the artist to use in many different ways.
- Many teachers elect to continue teaching private or group lessons during the summer.
- Word quickly spread about the convenience and economy that could result from teaching survival lessons at a distance.
- 1.1A thing learned or to be learned by a student.More example sentences
- Today's object lesson is the coverage of a promising medical breakthrough.
- Today had to start out with one of those little object lessons in manners.
- Despite the fact that this lesson took several class periods to complete, I feel it was definitely worth it.
- 1.2A thing learned by experience: the tragedy is a lesson in disappointmentMore example sentences
- I had received a memorable lesson in the ability of inexplicable experience to produce powerful emotion.
- Discover the hidden lesson in each experience to develop a profound understanding of life and yourself.
- When you are constantly aware, every experience becomes a lesson in life.
- 1.3An occurrence, example, or punishment that serves or should serve to warn or encourage: let that be a lesson to you!More example sentences
- The epitaph of ancient democracy was a bitter legacy that should have served as a salutary lesson to all.
- Such leaders seem impervious to the salutary lessons from the experience in East Asia where a commitment to growth-oriented policies led to sharp declines in poverty.
- We must never forget the intensely human story of the lessons, warnings and inspirations that story holds for us today.
- 2A passage from the Bible read aloud during a church service, especially either of two readings at morning and evening prayer in the Anglican Church.More example sentences
Bible reading, scripture, text, reading, passage
- A few days after reading this report I opened my Bible to read the lesson for the daily office.
- Although not a regular worshipper at St Mary's, he often read Christmas lessons at the church, and was heavily involved in the Thundridge community.
- It is not achieved either, when one or two persons out of a crowd of hundreds read a lesson or take part in a prayer.
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learn one's lesson
- Acquire a greater understanding of the world through a particular unpleasant or stressful experience.More example sentences
- When will the occupiers learn their lesson and withdraw?
- Perhaps this time around the Democrats will learn their lesson.
- How will I learn my lesson if I forget what happened?
teach someone a lesson
- Punish or hurt someone as a deterrent: they were teaching me a lesson for daring to complainMore example sentences
- The Catalan region taught me a lesson in sobriety and discipline but also to love its freedom.
- Therefore, it is not our intention to punish you, but rather to teach you a lesson.
- Perhaps this will teach you a lesson, and be a warning for any of those thinking of rebelling.
Middle English: from Old French leçon, from Latin lectio (see lection).