learning curve

noun

Definition of learning curve

1 : a curve plotting performance against practice especially : one graphing decline in unit costs with cumulative output
2 : the course of progress made in learning something

Examples of learning curve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

That doesn't mean that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won't have a learning curve, as all new parents do. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Clears the Room to Comfort 15-Year-Old Boy Who Lost His Dad," 1 Feb. 2019 Some of the learning curve for quarterbacks has already been flattened. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Clemson, Notre Dame and the Year of the Quarterback Change," 28 Dec. 2018 The learning curve is steep with the Germans; Audi is easiest, then Mercedes-Benz, then BMW and Porsche. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 Porsche Panamera is quick and nice for a steep steep price," 18 Sep. 2017 Today is the next step in a steep learning curve for Meghan, who has had a fast track introduction to royal duty since marrying into the royal family on May 19. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Joins the Queen For Her First Royal Outing Without Harry," 14 June 2018 There's definitely a learning curve since the nib is the size of a large marker. Anthony Verducci, Popular Mechanics, "Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Review: iPad or ArtPad?," 15 Jan. 2014 Considering the steep learning curve required at that position to understand not only the offensive playbook, but also how to read and react to defensive schemes, the Princeton graduate’s strategy is a sound one. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Cardinals' Ivy League rookies eager to prove themselves at 'grown man's' level," 17 June 2018 With any new trade, there's a learning curve, Akinnagbe acknowledges. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Gbenga Akinnagbe From 'The Wire' Is Now An Antique Furniture Designer," 17 Feb. 2017 In 2009, three years after her family moved to Nashville, Terry Jo enrolled in Vanderbilt University’s Brain Institute Neuroscience Graduate Program, but the learning curve was steep. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018

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

See More

First Known Use of learning curve

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about learning curve

Share learning curve

Statistics for learning curve

Last Updated

19 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for learning curve

The first known use of learning curve was in 1922

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for learning curve

learning curve

noun

Financial Definition of learning curve

What It Is

A learning curve is the time it takes to master a concept. It is more of an idea than a chart or other visual representation of learning.

How It Works

For example, piloting a 777 has a steep learning curve -- you can't just walk in off the street and learn how to do it in 10 minutes. It takes months if not years of training and simulation before one can be considered a master of the concept of flying and landing a 777.

Why It Matters

In the business world, learning curves cost money and they create competitive advantages. If a company is training employees how to pilot 777s, for example, the training time costs a lot. However, if the company becomes the only one to have employees who know how to pilot 777s, it has used the learning curve to create a competitive advantage.

In many cases, a graphical representation of the learning curve shows what many experience in the real world -- initial concepts are easy to pick up, but the long-term detail involved in mastering the concept takes years to acquire.

Source: Investing Answers

learning curve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of learning curve

: the rate at which someone learns something new : the course of progress made in learning something

More from Merriam-Webster on learning curve

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with learning curve

Comments on learning curve

What made you want to look up learning curve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!