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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Each of the five exhibit spaces in the Cayton is designed with a particular mandate for learning and exploring. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "The Cayton rethinks what a children’s museum can be in 2019," 20 June 2019 Totter’s Otterville is Covington is all about play and learning. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "What to do with your kids when it rains on summer break," 18 June 2019 With some more machine learning juice, those are tasks that could eventually be handed off to other drones or robotic farming equipment once patterns and rules of their use are established. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things," 18 June 2019 Make learning and speaking words from another language a family affair. National Geographic, "Culture club," 17 June 2019 Expect an interactive salt mine descent experience, chemistry demonstration, a video learning area and more. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land to get $325,000 revamp," 17 June 2019 But one variable that’s too often lost amid public hand wringing over test scores and new standards is arguably the most vital: the fallible humans charged with imparting an appetite and appreciation for learning. Quanta Magazine, "The Art of Teaching Math and Science," 16 June 2019 As well as revealing new details about how ripples contribute to specific memory processes, the work could ultimately have implications for efforts to develop interventions for disorders of memory and learning. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples," 14 June 2019 The outdoor camps offer hands-on learning in which participants will learn about gardening and participate in games, crafts, storytelling, music and cooking. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 14 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'learning.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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