learn·​ing | \ ˈlər-niŋ How to pronounce learning (audio) \

Definition of learning

1 : the act or experience of one that learns a computer program that makes learning fun
2 : knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study people of good education and considerable learning
3 : modification of a behavioral tendency by experience (such as exposure to conditioning)

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knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience. rich in the knowledge of human nature learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling. a book that demonstrates vast learning erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning. an erudition unusual even in a scholar scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation. a work of first-rate literary scholarship

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a computer program that makes learning fun different methods of foreign language learning The first year of college was a learning experience. They were people of good education and considerable learning.
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Recent Examples on the Web After the January vote, the city sued the school district on Feb. 3 to force the board to bring students back to in-person learning. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "San Francisco school board set to suspend school renaming efforts," 6 Apr. 2021 First, the district’s timing on reopening led to the extraordinary circumstance in which the city of San Francisco sued its own school district, trying to force the board’s hand to bring students back to in-person learning. Los Angeles Times, "Amid ‘huge tension,’ San Francisco set to formally suspend renaming of public schools," 6 Apr. 2021 And more of the building’s classrooms will be used in the fall semester, when the university plans to return to in-person learning. Cameron Goodnight, baltimoresun.com, "Towson University opens new Science Complex, offering state-of-the-art-facilities," 6 Apr. 2021 The state superintendent does not have the power to order schools to reopen to in-person learning. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "GOP lawmakers quiz Wisconsin school chief over virus, aid," 6 Apr. 2021 Some districts, including Boston and Worcester, have received waivers from the state to delay the return to in-person learning. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. moves one step closer to normalcy, reaching major COVID-19 reopening milestones," 5 Apr. 2021 Middle and high schools will reopen to in-person learning, welcoming back more than 15,000 students whose last names start with A through K. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Following smooth elementary return, JCPS middle and high schools to reopen Monday," 4 Apr. 2021 Cutler, who is eager to return to in-person learning, worries the fall return will be too late for too many. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Anxiety, depression, isolation: Bay Area students struggle amid spiking mental health crisis," 4 Apr. 2021 Students just returned to in-school learning this week. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Shot fired during fight inside Alabama high school cafeteria," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of learning

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of learning

: the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something : the activity of someone who learns
: knowledge or skill gained from learning


learn·​ing | \ ˈlər-niŋ \

Kids Definition of learning

1 : the act of a person who gains knowledge or skill Travel is a learning experience.
2 : knowledge or skill gained from teaching or study They're people of great learning.



Medical Definition of learning

: the process of acquiring a modification in a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning) in contrast to modifications occurring because of development or a temporary physiological condition (as fatigue) of the organism also : the modified behavioral tendency itself

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