over·​learn ˌō-vər-ˈlərn How to pronounce overlearn (audio)
overlearned; overlearning; overlearns

transitive verb

: to continue to study or practice after attaining proficiency

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fans have learned their viewpoints through experience and like everyone, sometimes overlearn things. Stephanie Stradley, Chron, 23 Sep. 2022 Going too big, according to this argument, could overlearn the lessons of 2009, resulting in an overheated economy and, gulp, inflation. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 5 Feb. 2021 As a refugee from National Socialism, Kissinger may have overlearned the lessons of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler in Munich 1938. Damon Linker, TheWeek, 22 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overlearn was in 1867

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“Overlearn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlearn. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


over·​learn -ˈlərn How to pronounce overlearn (audio)
: to continue to study or practice something after mastering it
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