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  1. the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill: Students exhibit a clear love of learning, enjoying the relationships they have with their teachers.

  2. knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application: She enjoys showing off her learning to her parents.

  1. Psychology. the modification of behavior through practice, training, or experience.

  2. Usually learnings. something that is learned through education or experience: Parents can help set up expectations, nurture curiosity, cultivate discipline, and reinforce learnings.

Origin of learning

First recorded before 900; Middle English lerning, Old English leornung; see origin at learn, -ing1

synonym study For learning

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.

Other words from learning

  • un·learn·ing, adjective

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How to use learning in a sentence

  • He was taught his grammar learnings by Mr. Bright (the famous school master of those times) of the schoole at Worcester.

British Dictionary definitions for learning


/ (ˈlɜːnɪŋ) /

  1. knowledge gained by study; instruction or scholarship

  2. the act of gaining knowledge

  1. psychol any relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs as a direct result of experience

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