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 At Mount Pleasant High School, the investigators found students who were supposed to receive English-learning programming at least three periods each day were only getting it three days a week. BostonGlobe.com, "PROVIDENCE – The US Justice Department last year found that the Providence school system was setting up English learning students “to struggle and too often, to fail,” according to a never-before released letter sent to the city in 2018.," 17 Sep. 2019 The switching of the play by Mayfield and Beckham is crucial to the pair learning to work together. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns Postgame Scribbles: Keeping Odell healthy, more offense needed," 17 Sep. 2019 Facebook will work with law enforcement organizations to train its machine learning technology to recognize videos of violent events as part of a broader effort to crack down on extremism. Washington Post, "Facebook to train AI systems using police video," 17 Sep. 2019 Like father, like daughter: Linda Powell, the daughter of General Colin Powell, will guest star in the sixth season premiere of Madam Secretary, EW has learned exclusively. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Madam Secretary casts Colin Powell's daughter as FBI director," 17 Sep. 2019 Often, those charged with reading these particularly fragile tea leaves learn to trust their instincts, and that was certainly the case with the fairgrounds outbreak. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missed phone calls, changing stories: How E. coli spread at the San Diego County Fair," 17 Sep. 2019 Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center used machine learning to help analyze how changes in cellular shape relate to signals happening inside the cell. Scientific American, "Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week," 16 Sep. 2019 Barry Gossett and his late wife, Mary, pledged another $21.25 million before her death for a learning center dedicated to help the school’s student-athletes. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland football building for future as Phase II of $196 million Cole Field House project heads to goal line," 16 Sep. 2019 Anyway, none of this will stop me from taking those dentistry courses at the adult learning annex. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "All Eyes on Trubisky, the Trouble With Counting on Turnovers, What Is Philly’s Secondary?," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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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

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learner noun

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