re·​learn (ˌ)rē-ˈlərn How to pronounce relearn (audio)
relearned; relearning

transitive verb

: to learn (something) again
… even those in the class who had been playing for decades regressed to golf infancy. Everyone had to relearn the basics …Rachel Urquhart
… most of the top-selling books are printed in the original Japanese right-to-left format. Not only do readers have to relearn how to read comics, they have to relearn how to read a book.Heidi MacDonald

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web When the researchers then blocked the activity of these neurons in the injured mice, the mice did not relearn to walk. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 And even if a nifty third-act twist exposes Dee and Dennis' longtime scheming, Charlie and Mac still must relearn the lesson that, when The Gang plays, nobody really wins. Dennis Perkins,, 3 Sep. 2022 But when our relationship eventually faded, I was left to relearn how to be independent—in the outdoors and in my personal life. Hannah Singleton, Outside Online, 19 July 2022 No More protests in 2012, a trans-Canada Indigenous rights protest, in an effort to connect with the land and relearn Dene knowledge as a foundation for action. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Apr. 2022 As a result, he was forced to relearn how to read and write. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 The 6-foot-8 Battey, a Los Angeles native who overcame a stroke nearly four years ago that forced him to relearn how to talk, scored a career-high 22 points while making all four of his three-pointers against the Cardinal. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Hendrix was forced to relearn old songs with a new voice. Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Oct. 2021 In an interview with USA TODAY last November, Fox opened up about his recovery from a risky spinal surgery in 2018 that forced him to relearn how to walk, as well as a devastating fall shortly after that left him with a broken arm. Jonathan Landrum, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of relearn was in 1694

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Cite this Entry

“Relearn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
re·​learn ˈrē-ˈlərn How to pronounce relearn (audio)
: to learn again (what has been forgotten)
relearning noun
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