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lesson

[ les-uhn ]
/ ˈlɛs ən /
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noun
verb (used with object)
to teach; instruct; give a lesson to.
to admonish or reprove.
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Origin of lesson

1175–1225; Middle English lesso(u)n<Old French leçon<Latin lēctiōn- (stem of lēctiō) lection

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lesson

lessen, lesson
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How to use lesson in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lesson

lesson
/ (ˈlɛsən) /

noun
verb
(tr) rare to censure or punish

Word Origin for lesson

C13: from Old French leçon, from Latin lēctiō, from legere to read
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with lesson

lesson

see learn one's lesson; teach a lesson.

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