Definition of learn
- learn a trade
- learned to play chess
- learn the lines of a play
- learn to dance
- learned that honesty paid
- we just learned that he was ill
- were shocked to learn of her death
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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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find, find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up;
: 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)
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