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.
Recent Examples on the Web McKnight has been part of the school system’s leadership throughout the pandemic as schools grapple with historic student learning loss and a youth mental health crisis. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In-demand, skilled, credentialed learning experiences will help people advance within the organization. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future, a nonpartisan education think tank, cautioned that tutoring is just one way to address learning loss. Koby Levin And Isabel Lohman, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 Undergraduate and graduate students were given the opportunity to share their research, creativity, and professional learning experiences with the university and community, with many students receiving honors at the same time. cleveland, 1 May 2022 But the learning loss has exacerbated an achievement gap among Latinos. AZCentral.com, 28 Apr. 2022 The district issued notices to all staff hired using state aid meant to address learning loss, even though that money doesn’t expire until June 2024. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 Stubbendeck said intensive tutoring, as well as extended school days, summer programs and smaller class sizes, can help students improve learning loss. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2022 The lightweight roof and openings in the clay brick walls allow for passive cooling in the arid climate, creating a comfortable learning environment for children. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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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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