[ lur-nid for 1-3; lurnd for 4 ]
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  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.

  1. of or showing learning or knowledge; well-informed: learned in the ways of the world.

  2. 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

Other words from learned

  • learn·ed·ly, adverb
  • learn·ed·ness, noun
  • half-learned, adjective
  • half-learn·ed·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·learn·ed, adjective
  • o·ver·learn·ed·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·learn·ed·ness, noun
  • well-learned, adjective

Words Nearby learned

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How to use learned in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for learned


/ (ˈlɜːnɪd) /

  1. having great knowledge or erudition

  2. involving or characterized by scholarship

  1. (prenominal) a title applied in referring to a member of the legal profession, esp to a barrister: my learned friend

Derived forms of learned

  • learnedly, adverb
  • learnedness, noun

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