- 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 relearn
Contemporary Examples of relearn
They also relearn simple tasks, such as how to cook, make a bed, and go to the grocery store.Dysfunctional Congress Prepares to Claim Another Victim: Injured Veterans
July 23, 2014
It took me about two years to unwind the tension, so in that time, I almost had to relearn how to sing.La Roux Discusses New Album ‘Trouble in Paradise,’ the 5-Year Gap, and Embracing Her Androgyny
July 6, 2014
I had to go back and relearn a lot of what I thought I knew.Historical Fiction: A Conversation Between Bruce Holsinger and Nancy Bilyeau
Nancy Bilyeau, Bruce Holsinger
March 30, 2014
He had to go to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago four different times to relearn walking.The Resilient Roger Ebert
January 22, 2011
She had to relearn how to do everything—from picking up objects to opening doors to feeding herself.Hope After An Unspeakable Crime
August 27, 2010
Historical Examples of relearn
I must relearn a soldier's drill in the manual and in everything.Who Goes There?
Blackwood Ketcham Benson
One lesson he had learned, which he never needed to relearn.William Lloyd Garrison
Archibald H. Grimke
One human lifetime is too infinitesimally small to relearn procedures that have taken aeons to develop.The Great Gray Plague
Raymond F. Jones
This reform of the Alphabet would oblige people to relearn the language, or it could not be introduced.Dissertation on the English Language
Noah Webster, Jr.
He measured the loss by the number of seconds required to relearn the list after it had been once learned.
- to learn (something previously known) again
- (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 for learn
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.
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