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 How to pronounce learned (audio) \ : acquired by learning learned behavior a learned response

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 Discussing controversial subjects is a learned skill, says Professor Berner. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2022 And yet a different mind-set, less marinated in learned helplessness, would ask what other strategies might be tried. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Birdsong, which has intrigued scientists since Aristotle’s time, is traditionally defined as the long, often complex learned vocalizations birds produce to attract mates and defend their territories. Adam Fishbein, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 That might well be a smokescreen or even a dangerous learned stereotype, given the way abuse issues often play out in reality. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2022 Baseball is complex enough to confound its most learned devotees. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 By law, each defendant in a capital case at Guantánamo is entitled to a learned counsel. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2022 This is typical of the flustered incredulity mustered up by the physics community whenever the subject of the simulation disturbs the learned serenity of their exemplary calculations. Jason Kehe, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 Barry Strauss, a Cornell classics professor and Hoover Institution fellow, has the rare ability of being able to bring ancient history to life in a way that is both profoundly learned and highly readable. Andrew Roberts, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈlər-nəd \

Kids Definition of learned

: having or showing knowledge or learning a learned opinion

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