- The definition of learn is to acquire knowledge or new information.
- An example of learn is when you go to school and are taught about history, acquiring knowledge in it.
- An example of learn is when you find out someone's name.
- An example of learn is when you hear about a new restaurant opening.
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- to get knowledge of (a subject) or skill in (an art, trade, etc.) by study, experience, instruction, etc.
- to come to know: to learn what happened
- to come to know how: to learn to swim
- to fix in the mind; memorize
- to acquire as a habit or attitude: to learn humility
- to teach: now dialectal or otherwise nonstandard
Origin: Middle English lernen, to learn, teach from Old English leornian (akin to German lernen) from West Germanic an unverified form liznōn (akin to Gothic laisjan, to teach) from Indo-European base an unverified form leis-, track, furrow from source Classical Latin lira, furrow
- to gain knowledge or skill
- to be informed; hear (of or about)
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verb learned learned also learnt , learn·ing, learns verb, transitive
- To gain knowledge, comprehension, or mastery of through experience or study.
- To fix in the mind or memory; memorize: learned the speech in a few hours.
- a. To acquire experience of or an ability or a skill in: learn tolerance; learned how to whistle.b. To become aware: learned that it was best not to argue.
- To become informed of; find out. See Synonyms at discover.
- Nonstandard To cause to acquire knowledge; teach.
- Obsolete To give information to.
Origin: Middle English lernen, from Old English leornian; see leis-1 in Indo-European roots.
- learnˈa·ble adjective
- learnˈer noun