[ lurn ]
/ lɜrn /
verb (used with object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt, learn·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), learned [lurnd] /lɜrnd/ or learnt, learn·ing.
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
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
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 learnable
German and Spanish were scarcely ever taught; indeed, the former was regarded as quite outside the list of learnable tongues.It Might Have Been|Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for learnable
/ (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 Formslearnable, adjective
Word Origin for learn
Old English leornian; related to Old High German lirnen
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Idioms and Phrases with learnable
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
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