teach someone a lesson meaning, teach someone a lesson definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( lessons    plural  )
1       n-count   A lesson is a fixed period of time when people are taught about a particular subject or taught how to do something.  
It would be his last French lesson for months..., Johanna took piano lessons.     
2       n-count   You use lesson to refer to an experience which acts as a warning to you or an example from which you should learn.  
usu sing  
There's still one lesson to be learned from the crisis<endash>we all need to better understand the thinking of the other side.      If you say that you are going to teach someone a lesson, you mean that you are going to punish them for something that they have done so that they do not do it again.  
teach someone a lesson             phrase   V inflects  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
teach     ( teaches    3rd person present)   ( teaching    present participle)   ( taught    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you teach someone something, you give them instructions so that they know about it or how to do it.  
The trainers have a programme to teach them vocational skills...      V n n  
George had taught him how to ride a horse...      V n wh  
She taught Julie to read...      V n to-inf  
The computer has simplified the difficult task of teaching reading to the deaf.      V n to n  
2       verb   To teach someone something means to make them think, feel, or act in a new or different way.  
Their daughter's death had taught him humility...      V n n  
He taught his followers that they could all be members of the kingdom of God...      V n that  
Teach them to voice their feelings.      V n to-inf, Also V n wh, V n about n  
3       verb   If you teach or teach a subject, you help students to learn about it by explaining it or showing them how to do it, usually as a job at a school, college, or university.  
Ingrid is currently teaching Mathematics at Shimla Public School...      V n  
She taught English to Japanese business people...      V n to n  
She has taught for 34 years...      V  
She taught children French.      V n n  
...this twelve month taught course.      V-ed  
    to teach someone a lesson  

teach-in        ( teach-ins    plural  ) A teach-in is a meeting, usually between students and teachers, with discussions on important and interesting topics. Teach-ins are not usually part of a formal academic course.      n-count  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



advise, coach, demonstrate, direct, discipline, drill, edify, educate, enlighten, give lessons in, guide, impart, implant, inculcate, inform, instil, instruct, school, show, train, tutor  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

See also:

tech, teacher, teach-in, teaching

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
take credit for another person's accomplishment
get seriously involved in a relationship
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
someone who talks too much
[Australia] ; [NZ]
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
brought into servitude; slave to someone
someone who works as a dishwasher
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
someone who is always trying to please others
"He`s always been a people pleaser."
polite expression offering to do something for someone
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
caressing someone by touching his/her skin with the eyelashes
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
expression used to label someone as young and unexperienced
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
someone who does not use high-technology items or services on a daily basis
[Slang] "Amish" is the name of a religious group arisen in the 16th century, that resists modern world's changes (including technology, fashion etc.)
someone who spends very few time with his wife/ her husband because of the partner's preoccupation with physical exercise
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
a misfit; something or someone looking/behaving in a manner that comes in contradiction with the general context


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