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 Customers include Tencent’s WeChat, JD.com Inc. and online learning platform 51Talk. Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg.com, "Salesforce, ANZ Venture Arms Back Australian Unicorn Airwallex," 7 May 2020 More than 40 states have suspended in-person classes for the rest of the academic year, and districts are still focused on remote learning, virtual graduations and planning for summer and fall. New York Times, "Saying the Pledge of Allegiance Again Is Months Away in America’s Schools," 28 Apr. 2020 Check out its new at-home learning program, which offers field guides and lesson plans for kindergarten through 12th grade. Leslie Hsu Oh, Outside Online, "Ocean Nerds, Check Out These Online Experiences," 27 Apr. 2020 On Friday, March 13, both New York’s Roman Catholic diocese and Success Academy charter schools, the city’s largest charter network, decided to move to online learning. Zachary Evans, National Review, "What the Delayed Coronavirus School Shutdown Reveals about New York City," 23 Apr. 2020 Most kids have been following nontraditional instruction plans — the formal term for remote learning — since March. Louisville Courier Journal, "Kentucky schools closed for remainder of school year, Andy Beshear says," 20 Apr. 2020 So when her school, the Academy @ Shawnee, transitioned to remote learning earlier this month, Whitaker feared the worst. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "'I still panic': Stressed by COVID-19, JCPS students pour feelings into virtual learning," 20 Apr. 2020 Nortman, who teaches fourth grade math at Mount Healthy South Elementary School, has only received completed assignments from about one-third of her 40 students since education shifted to remote learning. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus: Hundreds of Cincinnati area students have fallen out of contact with teachers," 15 Apr. 2020 Dry-fire is the best way to shorten the learning curve, all in the comfort of your home. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "How to Master Shooting a Red-Dot Sight on Your Handgun," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of learning

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

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12 May 2020

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“Learning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning. Accessed 29 May. 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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