Definition of learned

1 \ ˈlər-​nəd How to pronounce ˈlər-nəd (audio) \ : characterized by or associated with learning : erudite a learned scholar a learned discussion
2 \ ˈlərnd How to pronounce ˈlərnd (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 learnedly (audio) \ adverb
learnedness \ ˈlər-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce learnedness (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

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Once the systems were in place, Optimus successfully transferred the learned skills to Atlas, a 6-foot-tall 400 lb. Grace Williams, Fox News, "These robots at MIT can teach one another," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of learned

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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


\ ˈlər-nəd\

Kids Definition of learned

: having or showing knowledge or learning a learned opinion

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