verb (used with object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt, learn·ing.
verb (used without object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt, learn·ing.
Origin of learn
Examples from the Web for learn
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’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In his preface, Solomon suggests that other movements can learn from this one.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If people could only renounce their hateful ideas, they could learn to love one another.
I reached out my hand to learn the truth, and touched a cold hand hanging limply over the threshold.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the æsthetic critic can understand it.Intentions|Oscar Wilde
We must go to work hard, and to learn, so that bye-and-bye we may be really able to support ourselves.The Palace Beautiful|L. T. Meade
I learn that in Pennsylvania the applicant's signature is not required by the Pardon Board.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
But then it was their desire to learn how to rough it, taking the knocks with the good things.The Boy Scouts in the Blue Ridge|Herbert Carter
British Dictionary definitions for learn
verb learns, learning, learned (lɜːnd) or learnt
Word Origin for learn
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with learn
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