- 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 relearning
She seemed to be relearning that now and her most pressing ambition at this moment was to get the kids to school.Scott Broadwell Proves to Be a Class Act in the Wake of His Wife’s Affair
November 22, 2012
Life on earth is now entirely a means of relearning how to please Him Whom she has found.The Prodigal Returns
We have to be always learning and relearning the meaning of our active tendencies.Human Nature and Conduct
To-day Joel, one of a squad of unfortunates, was relearning the art of tackling.The Half-Back
Ralph Henry Barbour
There were forty pupils there—a few of them farmers, relearning their trade, the rest young men mainly from the cities—novices.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
This relearning was kept up each day till each person could repeat the syllables from memory without any study.The Science of Human Nature
William Henry Pyle
- (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 relearning
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.
- The process of regaining a skill or ability that has been partially or entirely lost.