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 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
Recent Examples on the Web The character could easily have come across as a spoiled brat in the early episodes, given that her learned defense mechanisms involve flippant irreverence and keeping people at a distance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Fierce and fun Warrior Nun is a perfect Fourth of July binge-watch," 3 July 2020 Once the inmates stopped working, Marie saw that the officers had developed their own kind of learned helplessness. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Punishment by Pandemic," 15 June 2020 But despite its success, Ovid craved a more learned readership. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 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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12 Jul 2020

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“Learned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learned. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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