ˈlər-nəd How to pronounce learned (audio) : characterized by or associated with learning : erudite
a learned scholar
a learned discussion
ˈlərnd How to pronounce learned (audio) ˈlərnt How to pronounce learned (audio) : acquired by learning
learned behavior
a learned response
learnedly adverb
learnedness noun

Examples of learned in a Sentence

We had a learned discussion about politics. the learned professor can speak knowledgeably on a wide array of subjects
Recent Examples on the Web Psychologists say procrastination is not a sign of laziness but a learned and reinforced behavior. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 8 Mar. 2024 But shutting out distractions and staying focused on technique is a learned skill. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 7 Feb. 2024 Risk-aversion to a degree that precludes taking advantage of opportunity is a learned trait. Noah Rothman, National Review, 13 Dec. 2023 The learned helplessness of men in heterosexual partnerships? Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 Consent is a learned behavior, rooted in the idea of mutual respect for another human. Mikhal Weiner, Parents, 29 Sep. 2023 Resilience was a learned skill. Craig Taylor, Time, 24 Mar. 2021 One of the most powerful tools comes from the domain of positive psychology, and the work of Martin Seligman which started as research into learned helplessness. Nathan Furr, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 This is not an exaggeration—Gilmore won a record-breaking eighth World Surf League Championship late last year, an accomplishment born out of 17 years on tour, a learned understanding of the ocean, and a fitness routine centered on connection, variety, and play. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of learned was in the 14th century

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“Learned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learned. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having or showing learning : scholarly
learnedly adverb
learnedness noun

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