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 However, due to the switch in remote learning, the testing has been rescheduled. Amber Jayanth, The Enquirer, "Reading prom leads to cluster of COVID-19 cases, return to remote learning," 30 Apr. 2021 Some students thrived in virtual learning, Bulson told members of the Harford County Council during a fiscal 2022 budget work session Thursday. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Hundreds of Harford families express interest in virtual school next year, as deadline to apply approaches," 30 Apr. 2021 The same factors fueled both: dramatic advancements in machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, combined with more powerful computers and new chip designs. Los Angeles Times, "The (near) future of driving: Cars that watch you watch them steer," 29 Apr. 2021 Already, the outreach has accelerated interest in Jewish learning and living among some who are not themselves Jewish — and some who are not currently based in Prague. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Prague’s virtual Jewish community center aims to revitalize a declining minority," 29 Apr. 2021 Parents across the state are celebrating the state’s moves to require full-time, in-person learning opportunities, said Keri Rodrigues, founder of Massachusetts Parents United, a parents advocacy group that lobbied the state to reopen schools. BostonGlobe.com, "Most Mass. middle schools reopen fully for in-person instruction on Wednesday," 28 Apr. 2021 Shirley Zhu said her advice to other students would be to find joy in learning. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "This high school has nine valedictorians — and they all earned a 5.0 GPA," 27 Apr. 2021 Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the district is using a hybrid learning model. NBC News, "Family of Ma'Khia Bryant speaks out after teen is killed by Columbus police," 22 Apr. 2021 Now, the wins come from a machine learning model that takes in all of these granular error rates and learns the variables to apply to each segment in order to minimize the overall error rate in order service time. Kashyap Deorah, Forbes, "Delivery Technology In Retail: Are We There Yet?," 16 Apr. 2021

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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