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learning

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

the understanding and information gained from being educated
  • the learning that you get from books is just as important as the experience you get from life

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learning

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present participle of learn

Synonyms & Antonyms of learning (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to acquire complete knowledge, understanding, or skill in
  • after months of trying, he finally learned the dance steps

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2 to come to an awareness of
  • the directors have since learned that they should examine the company's financial reports a little more closely

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3 to come upon after searching, study, or effort
  • the police were astonished when they learned the identity of the students who had vandalized the school

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4 to commit to memory
  • he learned the words to the song while performing karaoke

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How does the noun learning differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of learning are erudition, knowledge, and scholarship. While all these words mean "what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind," learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling.

a book that demonstrates vast learning

Where would erudition be a reasonable alternative to learning?

The words erudition and learning are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning.

an erudition unusual even in a scholar

In what contexts can knowledge take the place of learning?

The words knowledge and learning can be used in similar contexts, but knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience.

rich in the knowledge of human nature

When could scholarship be used to replace learning?

While the synonyms scholarship and learning are close in meaning, scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation.

a work of first-rate literary scholarship

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

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28 May 2020

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“Learning.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/learning. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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