higher learning


Definition of higher learning

: education, learning, or scholarship on the collegiate or university level

Examples of higher learning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This month’s Sagittarius full moon lights up your house of far away travels and higher learning on Monday, June 17. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Aries Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Does a four-year stint at a citadel of higher learning teach us to think, rather than just to get and spend? James Atlas, Town & Country, "Is a College Education Even Worth It Anymore?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of higher learning

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Higher learning.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20learning. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of higher learning

: education or learning at a college or university

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