learn·​ing | \ˈlər-niŋ \

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

Examples of learning in a Sentence

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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Traveling to me has always been a learning experience. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Maternity Moons Are Now a Thing," 28 Nov. 2018 Because for all of their curatorial efforts and goals to extend learning experiences, stores are a commercial enterprise. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 Discussing a relapse with a supportive listener can be a valuable learning experience for someone with an addiction, Bachman says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "3 Things Not to Say When a Loved One With Addiction Relapses—and 6 to Try Instead," 20 Oct. 2018 The teachers and parents who also soured on the standards claimed a formulaic approach to education was confusing and detrimental to the learning process. Sally Ho, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates directs US education funding to local schools," 28 Aug. 2018 As part of this journey, there will be failure which may seem overwhelming, but is part of the learning process, and those life lessons are incredibly valuable. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Inspired By Beyoncé, 11 Women's Notes to Their 20-Something Selves," 6 Aug. 2018 By all accounts, Trubisky has fully embraced the learning process and even thrived off it during spring practices. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Mitch Trubisky's ability to command Matt Nagy's offense will define the Bears' season," 11 July 2018 For anyone giddy about the glittering newness of neural networks and the deep learning systems they power, Rodney points out that this work began in 1943. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, part three: Those darn robot overlords," 22 June 2018 But with his court presence, getting up to speed in the NBA will be a short learning process, and when surrounded by others who can create, his shot is bound to improve. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "NBA draft: Trae Young heads list of point-guard prospects," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of learning

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

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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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