- a simple past tense and past participle of learn.
- 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.
- to acquire knowledge or skill: to learn rapidly.
- to become informed (usually followed by of): to learn of an accident.
Origin of learn
Examples from the Web for learnt
Commentators asked whether Norway had learnt anything from 22 July: Did Breivik “win”, as a Swedish journalist suggested?What Made Anders Behring Breivik a Mass Killer in Norway?
November 24, 2013
I know that many people around the world remember my son, many health professionals have learnt from our choices.Daily Beast Readers React to YouTube Stillborn Baby Memorials
November 12, 2013
He was a great storyteller and I learnt everything from him, about screen acting and technique; he was a wonderful actor.Meet ‘Inspector Lewis’: Kevin Whately on ‘Morse,’ John Thaw, and the End of the Series
June 14, 2013
What typifies the modern commune is the fact that it has learnt from earlier mistakes.The Kibbutz Movement’s Lessons For Communal Living Today
May 7, 2013
In making his intervention Mr Miliband has watched and learnt from Barack Obama.Capitalism for the People
February 19, 2013
I have since learnt that these ranges were seen by Mr. Giles, and were named the Warburton Ranges.Explorations in Australia
The way to do this must still be learnt, but it is now comparatively easy.
They've been learnt to do all sorts of hard and troublesome things.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It had been all the better for him had he learnt to be methodical with his money.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He learnt the character of the stranger as quickly as he learnt his language.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
- a past tense and past participle of learn
- (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
Word Origin and History for learnt
Old English leornian "to get knowledge, be cultivated, study, read, think about," from Proto-Germanic *liznojan (cf. Old Frisian lernia, Middle Dutch leeren, Dutch leren, Old High German lernen, German lernen "to learn," Gothic lais "I know"), with a base sense of "to follow or find the track," from PIE *leis- "track." Related to German Gleis "track," and to Old English læst "sole of the foot" (see last (n.)).
The transitive sense (He learned me how to read), now vulgar, was acceptable from c.1200 until early 19c., from Old English læran "to teach" (cf. Dutch leren, German lehren "to teach," literally "to make known;" see lore), and is preserved in past participle adjective learned "having knowledge gained by study." Related: Learning.
Idioms and Phrases with learnt
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