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noun [countable]     lesson pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a period of time in which someone is taught a skill

    She’s taking French lessons from a private tutor.

  2. 2
    a section in a book that teaches you about a particular subject

    Lesson 5 is all about the subjunctive.

  3. 3
    something that you learn from life, an event, or an experience

    One of the most important lessons in life is the value of friendship.

    1. a.
      a punishment or bad experience that teaches you something
      lesson in:

      I needed a lesson in humility and I got it.

      The second goal was a lesson in how not to defend a free kick.

      learn a lesson:

      I hope you’ve learned a lesson from this, young man!

      learn your lesson:

      People get into debt at such a young age that they have learned their lesson by the time they’re 23.

      teach someone a lesson (=punish someone):

      That girl needs teaching a lesson.

      let that be a lesson to you:

      Let that be a lesson to you not to play with matches!

  4. 4
    a passage from the Bible that someone reads out loud during a religious service

    Reverend Thomas stood up to read the lesson.

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