Definition of learned

1 \ ˈlər-​nəd How to pronounce learned (audio) \ : characterized by or associated with learning : erudite a learned scholar a learned discussion
2 \ ˈlərnd How to pronounce learned (audio) , ˈlərnt \ : acquired by learning learned behavior a learned response

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Other Words from learned

learnedly \ ˈlər-​nəd-​lē How to pronounce learned (audio) \ adverb
learnedness \ ˈlər-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce learned (audio) \ 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 Young minds are also primed to form emotional attachments and encode information based on learned patterns and expectations. Good Housekeeping, "My Son Has Memories of His Late Grandfather, But They Never Actually Happened," 22 Mar. 2021 Abigail Cowen’s freckled complexion and burnished mane (and brows!) are a cause for learned curation. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Abigail Cowen’s Guide to Earth-Tone Eyes and an Effortless Red Lip," 18 Mar. 2021 With age comes learned patience of letting the medium and the moment determine the art. Pat Mcdonogh, courier-journal.com, "Hardened by metal, this Louisville blacksmith has made 1,000s of architectural works of art," 18 Mar. 2021 By mixing personal stories with examples of famous interviews from media history, Nelson illustrates how interviewing is a learned skill, and how anyone can get better at it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Podcast: Journalism guru Dean Nelson on Oprah’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview and his dream Q&A," 9 Mar. 2021 The learned doctor will establish the mathematical equations necessary to figure the trends of various election races and stuff this information into Mike’s maw. Anne Quito, Quartz, "The design of America’s frenetic election broadcasts mirror our bewildering times," 20 Nov. 2020 At least, that is the view of the historian and former U.K. supreme court justice, Jonathan Sumption, one of the most learned scholars and outspoken critics of his country’s coronavirus response. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Sacrificing Freedom for ‘Safety’," 5 Nov. 2020 Here’s where the Steeles’ investigation shifts into a learned empathy that is unique in contemporary journalism. Armond White, National Review, "Michael Brown’s Myth and Counter-Narrative," 14 Oct. 2020 The English professor likes the strong women, too, and watches the adaptations (with a learned and critical eye). Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How to Misread Jane Austen," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of learned

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Learned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learned. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of learned

formal : having or showing a lot of learning, education, or knowledge
used to describe something that people get or have because of learning or experience


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Kids Definition of learned

: having or showing knowledge or learning a learned opinion

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