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learned

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adjective
  1. having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite: learned professors.
  2. connected or involved with the pursuit of knowledge, especially of a scholarly nature: a learned journal.
  3. of or showing learning or knowledge; well-informed: learned in the ways of the world.
  4. acquired by experience, study, etc.: learned behavior.

Origin of learned

First recorded in 1300–50, learned is from the Middle English word lerned. See learn, -ed2
Related formslearn·ed·ly, adverblearn·ed·ness, nounhalf-learned, adjectivehalf-learn·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·learn·ed, adjectiveo·ver·learn·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·learn·ed·ness, nounwell-learned, adjective

learn

[lurn]
verb (used with object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt, learn·ing.
  1. to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience: to learn French; to learn to ski.
  2. to become informed of or acquainted with; ascertain: to learn the truth.
  3. to memorize: He learned the poem so he could recite it at the dinner.
  4. to gain (a habit, mannerism, etc.) by experience, exposure to example, or the like; acquire: She learned patience from her father.
  5. (of a device or machine, especially a computer) to perform an analogue of human learning with artificial intelligence.
  6. Nonstandard. to instruct in; teach.
verb (used without object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt, learn·ing.
  1. to acquire knowledge or skill: to learn rapidly.
  2. to become informed (usually followed by of): to learn of an accident.

Origin of learn

before 900; Middle English lernen, Old English leornian to learn, read, ponder (cognate with German lernen); akin to lesan to glean (cognate with German lesen to read). See lear
Related formslearn·a·ble, adjectivemis·learn, verb, mis·learned or mis·learnt, mis·learn·ing.out·learn, verb (used with object), out·learned or out·learnt, out·learn·ing.re·learn, verb, re·learned or re·learnt, re·learn·ing.
Can be confusedlearn teach

Synonym study

1. Learn, ascertain, detect, discover imply adding to one's store of facts. To learn is to add to one's knowledge or information: to learn a language. To ascertain is to verify facts by inquiry or analysis: to ascertain the truth about an event. To detect implies becoming aware of something that had been obscure, secret, or concealed: to detect a flaw in reasoning. To discover is used with objective clauses as a synonym of learn in order to suggest that the new information acquired is surprising to the learner: I discovered that she had been married before.
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Examples from the Web for learned

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Historical Examples

  • "Stranger, thou hast not yet learned the fashions of Athens," said Anaxagoras, gravely.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "I have not yet learned what right you have to inquire," replied the misguided maiden.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • He was not unfamiliar with the lot of one who dines with the learned Von Herzlich.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I never overdone it like that again, fur you see I'd learned something.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Ben Haley, on his part, had learned something, but not much.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for learned

learned

adjective
  1. having great knowledge or erudition
  2. involving or characterized by scholarship
  3. (prenominal) a title applied in referring to a member of the legal profession, esp to a barristermy learned friend
Derived Formslearnedly, adverblearnedness, noun

learn

verb learns, learning, learned (lɜːnd) or learnt
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to gain knowledge of (something) or acquire skill in (some art or practice)
  2. (tr) to commit to memory
  3. (tr) to gain by experience, example, etc
  4. (intr; often foll by of or about) to become informed; know
  5. not standard to teach
Derived Formslearnable, adjective

Word Origin

Old English leornian; related to Old High German lirnen
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Word Origin and History for learned

adj.

"having knowledge gained by study," mid-14c., past participle adjective from learn (v.) in former transitive sense. Related: Learnedly; learnedness.

learn

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with learned

learn

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