- having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite: learned professors.
- connected or involved with the pursuit of knowledge, especially of a scholarly nature: a learned journal.
- of or showing learning or knowledge; well-informed: learned in the ways of the world.
- acquired by experience, study, etc.: learned behavior.
Origin of learned
- to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience: to learn French; to learn to ski.
- to become informed of or acquainted with; ascertain: to learn the truth.
- to memorize: He learned the poem so he could recite it at the dinner.
- to gain (a habit, mannerism, etc.) by experience, exposure to example, or the like; acquire: She learned patience from her father.
- (of a device or machine, especially a computer) to perform an analogue of human learning with artificial intelligence.
- Nonstandard. to instruct in; teach.
- to acquire knowledge or skill: to learn rapidly.
- to become informed (usually followed by of): to learn of an accident.
Origin of learn
Examples from the Web for learned
“Then I learned he can't spell and is a manager at a CPK,” she said.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
I asked her how her trainers, born and raised in Iran, have learned how to teach hip-hop.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
I have learned a lot about productions and the abilities I have in this realm.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
I learned that he was working and living in the Lower East Side, delivering orders for an Italian restaurant and raising two kids.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
"Stranger, thou hast not yet learned the fashions of Athens," said Anaxagoras, gravely.
"I have not yet learned what right you have to inquire," replied the misguided maiden.
He was not unfamiliar with the lot of one who dines with the learned Von Herzlich.
I never overdone it like that again, fur you see I'd learned something.
Ben Haley, on his part, had learned something, but not much.Brave and Bold
- having great knowledge or erudition
- involving or characterized by scholarship
- (prenominal) a title applied in referring to a member of the legal profession, esp to a barristermy learned friend
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to gain knowledge of (something) or acquire skill in (some art or practice)
- (tr) to commit to memory
- (tr) to gain by experience, example, etc
- (intr; often foll by of or about) to become informed; know
- not standard to teach
Word Origin and History for learned
"having knowledge gained by study," mid-14c., past participle adjective from learn (v.) in former transitive sense. Related: Learnedly; learnedness.
Old English leornian "to get knowledge, be cultivated, study, read, think about," from Proto-Germanic *liznojan (cf. Old Frisian lernia, Middle Dutch leeren, Dutch leren, Old High German lernen, German lernen "to learn," Gothic lais "I know"), with a base sense of "to follow or find the track," from PIE *leis- "track." Related to German Gleis "track," and to Old English læst "sole of the foot" (see last (n.)).
The transitive sense (He learned me how to read), now vulgar, was acceptable from c.1200 until early 19c., from Old English læran "to teach" (cf. Dutch leren, German lehren "to teach," literally "to make known;" see lore), and is preserved in past participle adjective learned "having knowledge gained by study." Related: Learning.