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: the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something : the activity of someone who learns

: knowledge or skill gained from learning

Full Definition of LEARNING

:  the act or experience of one that learns
:  knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study
:  modification of a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning)

Examples of LEARNING

  1. a computer program that makes learning fun
  2. different methods of foreign language learning
  3. The first year of college was a learning experience.
  4. They were people of good education and considerable learning.

First Known Use of LEARNING

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of LEARNING

knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience <rich in the knowledge of human nature>. learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling <a book that demonstrates vast learning>. erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning <an erudition unusual even in a scholar>. scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation <a work of first-rate literary scholarship>.

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis
LEARNING Defined for Kids


noun learn·ing \ˈlər-niŋ\

Definition of LEARNING for Kids

:  the act of a person who gains knowledge or skill <Travel is a learning experience.>
:  knowledge or skill gained from teaching or study <They're people of great learning.>
Medical Dictionary


noun learn·ing

Medical Definition of LEARNING

:  the process of acquiring a modification in a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning) in contrast to modifications occurring because of development or a temporary physiological condition (as fatigue) of the organism; also :  the modified behavioral tendency itself
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