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 But this is an incredibly opportune time in terms of technology, as well as the many different tools in machine learning and artificial intelligence that are becoming available. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘People need to see big patterns.’ U.S. ecological observatory’s new science chief looks ahead," 31 Jan. 2020 RoadTagger creates a more human-like intuition in a machine learning model, the research team says. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Machine Learning Will Lead to Better Maps," 27 Jan. 2020 Tinder’s earlier safety efforts focused on monitoring messages and using machine learning to screen for harmful language and photos. Washington Post, "You swiped right but it doesn’t feel right: Tinder now has a panic button," 23 Jan. 2020 The new results also seem poised to influence questions in the machine learning and artificial intelligence fields. Quanta Magazine, "Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons," 14 Jan. 2020 To be sure, India has struggled with poor tech talent for several years now as the country’s ages-old rote-learning model makes people book smart but lacks analytical and practical teachings. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The talent crisis plaguing Indian startups reflects the country’s deep education crisis," 13 Jan. 2020 Cinelytic, an analytics and financial modeling tool, uses machine-learning models to help film executives streamline decisions about how, when, and where to best release prospective films. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "No, Warner Bros. is not letting AI decide what movies it makes," 9 Jan. 2020 As part of that process, Wood did research on how machine learning was used to collect data and on applications for that technology. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "High school student wins Rockwell Automation challenge for software app that could prevent sump pump failure, overflowing," 23 Dec. 2019 Artificial intelligence, machine learning, facial recognition, biometrics and other advanced technologies could be used by governments to weaken democratic institutions. Leonard Kleinrock, Twin Cities, "Leonard Kleinrock: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?," 18 Nov. 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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