Definition of learn
learnedplay play \ˈlərnd, ˈlərnt\;
1a (1) : to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience learn a trade learned to play chess (2) : memorize learn the lines of a playb : to come to be able learn to dancec : to come to realize learned that honesty paid
2a nonstandard : teachb obsolete : to inform of something
3 : to come to know : hear we just learned that he was ill
: to acquire knowledge or skill or a behavioral tendency were shocked to learn of her death
learnableplay \ˈlər-nə-bəl\ adjective
Can learn mean teach?
Learn in the sense of “teach” dates from the 13th century and was standard until at least the early 19th. made them drunk with true Hollands—and then learned them the art of making bargains — Washington Irving But by Mark Twain's time it was receding to a speech form associated chiefly with the less educated. never done nothing for three months but set in his back yard and learn that frog to jump — Mark Twain The present-day status of learn has not risen. This use persists in speech, but in writing it appears mainly in the representation of such speech or its deliberate imitation for effect.
Examples of learn in a Sentence
People learn throughout their lives.
I can't swim yet, but I'm learning.
She's interested in learning French.
We had to learn the rules of the game.
I'm trying to learn my lines for the play.
We had to learn the names of the state capitals.
She learned through a letter that her father had died.
I later learned that they had never called.
We finally learned the truth about what had happened.
Recent Examples of learn from the Web
EW has learned that pro wrestler Jessie Godderz, who appeared on seasons 10 and 11 of the CBS reality show, will make an Aug. 4 guest appearance on the daytime sudser.
The document outlines learning objectives for students, but each district will decide on how to develop their own programs.
Paul learned politics on the knee of his father, Ron Paul, a longtime Texas congressman and irrepressible presidential candidate.
But that is far easier said than done, as the GOP Congress has learned over the course of the last six months.
Karen Kuhlman is a Fort Mitchel writer and volunteer at Catholic Charities whose interests include family, the people of Kentucky and learning to play the piano.
Mr. Revere has not yet learned to give sweetness and clearness to the tone of his bells.
During their probe, detectives learned that Versace sometime consorted with male prostitutes, but no one could say Cunanan was ever one of them.
There's always something new to learn, something to tinker with.
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Origin and Etymology of learn
Middle English lernen, from Old English leornian; akin to Old High German lernēn to learn, Old English last footprint, Latin lira furrow, track
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of learn
LEARN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of learn for English Language Learners
: to gain knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something
: to cause (something) to be in your memory by studying it
: to hear or be told (something) : to find out (something)
LEARN Defined for Kids
Definition of learn for Students
1 : to get knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience I'm learning a foreign language.
2 : memorize Actors have to learn their lines.
3 : to become able through practice Babies learn to walk.
4 : to come to realize and understand You must learn right from wrong.
5 : to find out I finally learned what had happened.
6 : to gain knowledge The children were eager to learn.
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