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 In this new reality, AI and machine learning could be the key to staying ahead. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Will deep learning ever be able to learn symbolic logic? Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2022 The proposal doesn't address whether schools may close and move to virtual learning based on COVID spread. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2022 The machines are coming for financial crime—or at least machine learning is—as an explosion in artificial intelligence offerings is driving a shift in what enforcers could expect from financial institutions and corporations. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 20 July 2022 The trauma-responsive social and emotional learning is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. John Benson, cleveland, 6 July 2022 Isla’s learning wasn’t limited to reading, which most children begin to do around 6 or 7. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 On the other hand, school was boring, and the learning was minimal. Bo Emerson, ajc, 1 July 2022 Anderson is certainly right to say that machine learning is immensely powerful. Hari Kunzru, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 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 15 Aug. 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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