learning

noun
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

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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So [learning of the firm’s work] started a whole cascade of questions. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Embracing nature—and minimalism—in North Carolina," 26 Nov. 2018 The focus should be on sharing best practices and learnings , versus promoting one or the other. Nancy Webb, charlotteobserver, "Our NC Influencers weigh in on reader education question," 2 July 2018 The Texas Department of Public Safety released the following statement in response to Dixon-Cole’s claims: Upon learning of the allegations today, the department immediately took action to review the dash cam video. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "#CopsToo: Texas Officer Daniel Hubbard Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman During Traffic Stop," 22 May 2018 Anita realises on learning of her husband’s passing from Claire, her childhood best friend, who had long supplanted her in his affections. The Economist, "William Trevor’s final collection of stories," 17 May 2018 Machine learning is coming to the masses, and those hordes of DIY drones and robots are about to get a whole lot smarter. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects," 18 Mar. 2019 This is a part of what growing up is, this is a part of what learning is. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Jada Pinkett Smith Counseled Jordyn Woods During Their Interview," 1 Mar. 2019 Much of that history has been focused on using machine learning to help interpret extremely large amounts of data. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "NASA’s next Mars rover will use AI to be a better science partner," 6 Dec. 2018 His first project showed that, at the very least, these machine-learning methods could significantly accelerate his experiments. Cade Metz, The Seattle Times, "The next Big One? Earthquake scientists look to AI.," 26 Oct. 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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learning

noun

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

learning

noun
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.

learning

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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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