learn

verb
\ ˈlərn How to pronounce learn (audio) \
learned\ ˈlərnd How to pronounce learn (audio) , ˈlərnt How to pronounce learn (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

Other Words from learn

learnable \ ˈlər-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce learn (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web When men learn to better understand their emotional needs, the payoff can be profound. Andrew Reiner, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 Luckily, there are so many flexible ways to learn these days, including online courses, video tutorials, audiobooks, and more. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The organization works to help teenagers and young adults complete high school or learn a trade. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Kids can help out in the Incredible Edibles Garden, learn science, play in Toni’s Treehouse and make music and art. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 Let your guard down and learn how to love life again! Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Aug. 2022 Travel back in time and learn about the largest land animal to ever exist, the dinosaur. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 1 Aug. 2022 Plus learn five of the hottest titles to watch on Netflix over the coming week every Friday. Andy Meek, BGR, 1 Aug. 2022 With that in mind, Fortune saw a clear opportunity to provide a place for HR executives to share and learn how to effectively navigate and grasp their rapidly changing roles. Amber Burton, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Learn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learn. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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 learn (audio) , ˈlərnt How to pronounce learn (audio) \ also learnt\ ˈlərnt How to pronounce learn (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

Other Words from learn

learner noun

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