learn·​ing | \ ˈlər-niŋ How to pronounce learning (audio) \

Essential Meaning of learning

1 : the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something : the activity of someone who learns a computer program that makes learning fun different methods of foreign language learning The first year of college was a learning experience.
2 : knowledge or skill gained from learning They were people of good education and considerable/great learning. book learning [=knowledge gained from reading books]

Full Definition of learning

1 : the act or experience of one that learns a computer program that makes learning fun
2 : knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study people of good education and considerable learning
3 : modification of a behavioral tendency by experience (such as exposure to conditioning)

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knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience. rich in the knowledge of human nature learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling. a book that demonstrates vast learning erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning. an erudition unusual even in a scholar 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

Examples of learning in a Sentence

a computer program that makes learning fun different methods of foreign language learning The first year of college was a learning experience. They were people of good education and considerable learning.
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Recent Examples on the Web Although the school occupies the former campus of a Fresno Catholic school, Golden has audacious plans to build a state-of-the-art learning center next to the zoo. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2021 But for some of them, watching education firsthand has been a rare and welcome learning experience. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2021 Her family’s lawyer, Mr. Leclerc, recalled learning about the killing while listening to the radio in his car. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Our social-emotional learning workshops use creative writing as a form of narrative therapy. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 After a year spent learning, conducting business and purchasing goods online, shoppers are having a throwback holiday season. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 The pandemic left education officials around the world scrambling to make remote learning possible, often in areas with limited or no internet access. Cedar Attanasio, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 Robot learning lead Mrinal Kalakrishnan trains the collective intelligence of the robot fleet . Steven Levy, Wired, 19 Nov. 2021 Aedan Hanley, a student prevention intervention specialist at Central High School in Phoenix, has observed more apathetic behavior from students since in-person learning resumed this fall. The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of learning

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Learning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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learn·​ing | \ ˈlər-niŋ \

Kids Definition of learning

1 : the act of a person who gains knowledge or skill Travel is a learning experience.
2 : knowledge or skill gained from teaching or study They're people of great learning.



Medical Definition of learning

: the process of acquiring a modification in a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning) in contrast to modifications occurring because of development or a temporary physiological condition (as fatigue) of the organism also : the modified behavioral tendency itself

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