- 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
Related Words for learnenroll, get, read, study, receive, master, gain, determine, grasp, review, understand, see, hear, matriculate, memorize, prepare, imbibe, peruse, grind, lucubrate
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Contemporary Examples of learn
That officer fretting about his “stance,” we learn, is plagued by PTSD that cripples him both on the job and at home.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
If nobody on the outside will send Teresa money, should she learn a prison hustle?How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
Such errors are important because generations of young students now learn American history through film.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
In his preface, Solomon suggests that other movements can learn from this one.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
He returned home to learn that his 9-year-old son had been awakened in the night by a terrible dream.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Historical Examples of learn
They were never allowed to learn any liberal art, or to sing manly songs.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I think, on the whole, I shan't be obliged to learn to braid straw.
If the worst came, he could go West with the family and learn how to do something.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"If you will consult the captain, you may learn your mistake," said Robert.
Government must learn to take less from people so that people can do more for themselves.
- (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 for learn
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with learn
- learn by heart
- learn one's lesson
- learn to live with
- by heart, learn
- little knowledge (learning) is a dangerous thing
- live and learn