learn

[ lurn ]
/ lɜrn /

verb (used with object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt [lurnt], /lɜrnt/, learn·ing [lur-ning]. /ˈlɜr nɪŋ/.

verb (used without object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt [lurnt], /lɜrnt/, learn·ing [lur-ning]. /ˈlɜr nɪŋ/.

to acquire knowledge or skill: to learn rapidly.
to become informed (usually followed by of): to learn of an accident.

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Origin of learn

First recorded 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

synonym study for learn

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM learn

learn·a·ble, adjectivemis·learn, verb, mis·learned or mis·learnt, mis·learn·ing.outlearn, verb (used with object), out·learned or out·learnt, out·learn·ing.re·learn, verb, re·learned or re·learnt, re·learn·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH learn

learn , teach
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British Dictionary definitions for learn

learn
/ (lɜːn) /

verb learns, learning, learned (lɜːnd) or learnt

(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

Derived forms of learn

learnable, adjective

Word Origin for learn

Old English leornian; related to Old High German lirnen
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Idioms and Phrases with learn

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