learn

verb
\ ˈlərn How to pronounce learn (audio) \
learned\ ˈlərnd How to pronounce learned (audio) , ˈlərnt How to pronounce learned (audio) \; learning

Definition of learn

transitive verb

1a(1) : to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience learn a trade learned to play chess
(2) : memorize learn the lines of a play
b : to come to be able learn to dance
c : to come to realize learned that honesty paid
2a nonstandard : teach
b obsolete : to inform of something
3 : to come to know : hear we just learned that he was ill

intransitive verb

: to acquire knowledge or skill or a behavioral tendency were shocked to learn of her death

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Other Words from learn

learnable \ ˈlər-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce learnable (audio) \ adjective
learner noun

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discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out what one did not previously know. discover may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter. discovered the source of the river ascertain implies effort to find the facts or the truth proceeding from awareness of ignorance or uncertainty. attempts to ascertain the population of the region determine emphasizes the intent to establish the facts definitely or precisely. unable to determine the origin of the word unearth implies bringing to light something forgotten or hidden. unearth old records learn may imply acquiring knowledge with little effort or conscious intention (as by simply being told) or it may imply study and practice. I learned her name only today learning Greek

Can learn mean teach?: Usage Guide

Learn in the sense of "teach" dates from the 13th century and was standard until at least the early 19th. made them drunk with true Hollands—and then learned them the art of making bargains — Washington Irving But by Mark Twain's time it was receding to a speech form associated chiefly with the less educated. never done nothing for three months but set in his back yard and learn that frog to jump — Mark Twain The present-day status of learn has not risen. This use persists in speech, but in writing it appears mainly in the representation of such speech or its deliberate imitation for effect.

Examples of learn in a Sentence

People learn throughout their lives. I can't swim yet, but I'm learning. She's interested in learning French. We had to learn the rules of the game. I'm trying to learn my lines for the play. We had to learn the names of the state capitals. She learned through a letter that her father had died. I later learned that they had never called. We finally learned the truth about what had happened.
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Recent Examples on the Web Superstar soccer manager Rafael Benitez, who made an unlikely move to China last summer to take charge of the Dalian Yifang club, may be learning the fundamental lesson of Chinese business: Real estate runs the show. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Everything Is a Chinese Real Estate Play: International Soccer Edition," 2 Jan. 2020 Lafayette Elementary School principal Carrie Broquard detailed the mistake in a letter to parents that explained the learning exercise won’t be offered in the future, The Washington Post reported Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "Lafayette Elementary School principal Carrie Broquard detailed the mistake in a letter to parents that explained the learning exercise won’t be offered in the future, The Washington Post reported Monday. Part of the lesson involved students creating a dramatic reading or podcast.," 1 Jan. 2020 Kids zone: Kids will be able to color, test their knowledge of the Lake Erie islands with an oversize puzzle and learn the nautical alphabet. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "What to do at the 2020 Progressive Cleveland Boat Show," 31 Dec. 2019 Oregon’s most experienced defensive players were learning either a fourth system in five years or third in four. oregonlive, "How Andy Avalos installed his defense at Oregon helped lead the Ducks to the Rose Bowl," 31 Dec. 2019 For instance, New Caledonian crows enjoy being self-sufficient and have learned how to use tools to help them access food in hard to reach spaces. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Puffin Shocks Scientists By Using a Tool To Scratch Itself," 31 Dec. 2019 Yet as Satterfield soon learned — and had reaffirmed early in the season opener against Notre Dame — the problems that led to Petrino’s exit were mainly attributable to attitude and not talent. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "After amazing turnaround, Louisville football shows coaching moves were money well spent," 31 Dec. 2019 He's led the Wolverines to a 19-6 record over the past two seasons, while learning two different offenses, and has made an impact on plenty of big games. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan QB Shea Patterson's winding football career ends with redemption shot vs. Alabama," 31 Dec. 2019 Each line or stroke shows a passage of time and a lesson learned. Arkansas Online, "Four area artists included in SWOP exhibit," 30 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'learn.' 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 learn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for learn

Middle English lernen, from Old English leornian; akin to Old High German lernēn to learn, Old English last footprint, Latin lira furrow, track

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The first known use of learn was before the 12th century

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5 Jan 2020

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“Learn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learns. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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learn

verb
How to pronounce learn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of learn

: to gain knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something
: to cause (something) to be in your memory by studying it
: to hear or be told (something) : to find out (something)

learn

verb
\ ˈlərn How to pronounce learn (audio) \
learned\ ˈlərnd \ also learnt\ ˈlərnt \; learning

Kids Definition of learn

1 : to get knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience I'm learning a foreign language.
2 : memorize Actors have to learn their lines.
3 : to become able through practice Babies learn to walk.
4 : to come to realize and understand You must learn right from wrong.
5 : to find out I finally learned what had happened.
6 : to gain knowledge The children were eager to learn.

Other Words from learn

learner noun

learn

verb
\ ˈlərn How to pronounce learn (audio) \
learned\ ˈlərnd How to pronounce learned (audio) , ˈlərnt How to pronounce learned (audio) \ also learnt\ ˈlərnt How to pronounce learnt (audio) \; learning

Medical Definition of learn

transitive verb

: to acquire (a change in behavior) by learning

intransitive verb

: to acquire a behavioral tendency by learning

Other Words from learn

learner noun

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