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learning

[ lur-ning ]
/ ˈlɜr nɪŋ /
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noun

the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill: Students exhibit a clear love of learning, enjoying the relationships they have with their teachers.
knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application: She enjoys showing off her learning to her parents.
Psychology. the modification of behavior through practice, training, or experience.
Usually learnings. something that is learned through education or experience: Parents can help set up expectations, nurture curiosity, cultivate discipline, and reinforce learnings.

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Origin of learning

First recorded before 900; Middle English lerning, Old English leornung; see origin at learn, -ing1
2. Learning, erudition, lore, scholarship refer to knowledge existing or acquired. Learning is the most general term. It may refer to knowledge obtained by systematic study or by trial and error: a man of learning; learning in the real world. Erudition suggests a thorough, formal, and profound sort of knowledge obtained by extensive research; it is especially applied to knowledge in fields other than those of mathematics and physical sciences: a man of vast erudition in languages. Lore is accumulated knowledge in a particular field, especially of a curious, anecdotal, or traditional nature; the word is now somewhat literary: nature lore; local lore. Scholarship is the formalized learning that is taught in schools, especially as actively employed by a person trying to master some field of knowledge or extend its bounds: high standards of scholarship in history.
un·learn·ing, adjective
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What is a basic definition of learning?

Learning is the act of acquiring new knowledge or is the knowledge that has been gained through study. The word learning is also a form of the verb learn.

Learning refers to the process of gaining new knowledge or mastering new skills. Let’s say you want to know how to speak Spanish. You might have a Spanish instructor teach you how to speak it or you might read a lot of books about how to speak Spanish. Both of these strategies are examples of learning. Learning is the counterpart to teaching.

  • Real-life examples: Schools and colleges are places of learning because students go there to gain new knowledge. Not every child has a love of learning, and many will avoid studying or hate going to school. Compared to other animals, humans are especially good at learning.
  • Used in a sentence: We created a video game that makes learning fun. 

The word learning can also mean the knowledge or skills that a person has gained.

  • Used in a sentence: She is very smart and always manages to impress me with her impressive learning.

Where does learning come from

The first records of learning come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English leornung and is formed from the verb learn.

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What are some other forms related to learning?

  • unlearning (adjective)

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How is learning used in real life?

Learning is a common word that most often means the act of gaining knowledge.

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Which of the following places is most likely to involve learning

A. police station
B. shopping mall
C. elementary school
D. post office

British Dictionary definitions for learning

learning
/ (ˈlɜːnɪŋ) /

noun

knowledge gained by study; instruction or scholarship
the act of gaining knowledge
psychol any relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs as a direct result of experience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for learning

learning
[ lûrnĭng ]

n.

The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
Knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study.
Behavioral modification, especially through experience or conditioning.
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