1 period of teaching or learning
ADJ. good, interesting | boring | individual | private | driving, English, geography, maths, piano, swimming, etc.
VERB + LESSON attend, go to, have, take I go to Italian lessons at the local college. We had a history lesson followed by a double maths lesson. I'm taking driving lessons at the moment. | give (sb), offer (sb), provide, take, teach She gives singing lessons. They're offering free lessons in computing. I had to take a biology lesson this afternoon because the biology teacher was away. He doesn't teach very many lessons these days. | get Pupils get lessons on how to organize their study time. | prepare The trouble is that teachers don't prepare their lessons carefully enough. | skip He got into trouble for skipping lessons.
PREP. during a/the ~ No talking was allowed during the lesson. | in a/the ~ You can't expect to learn all there is to know about the subject in a 45-minute lesson. | ~ about a lesson about the Civil War | ~ in He took lessons in Thai cookery. | ~ on a lesson on the Roman Empire | ~ with They've got a lesson with Mrs Evans at two o'clock.
2 sth learnt through experience
ADJ. important, salutary, useful, valuable | bitter, hard, painful It's a hard lesson to learn. | clear
VERB + LESSON draw, learn What lessons can we draw from this unfortunate experience? | teach sb It taught me some valuable lessons about working with other people.
PREP. ~ from There are important lessons to be learnt from this mistake. | ~ in I learned a lesson in harsh economics when I was made redundant.
Similar word(s): lessen
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