- 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.
A teacher helps her students to learn.
transitive verblearned or Chiefly Brit.learnt, learning
- 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 of learnMiddle 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)
verblearned learned also learnt , learn·ing, learns
- a. To gain knowledge of or skill in through study, instruction, or experience: learned how to sail; learned the new computer program; learn to speak Hindi.b. To become aware or informed of; find out: learned the truth about him; learned that it was best not to argue. See Synonyms at discover.
- To fix in the mind or memory; memorize: learned the speech in a few hours.
- Nonstandard To cause to acquire knowledge; teach.
- Obsolete To give information to.
Origin of learnMiddle English lernen, from Old English leornian; see leis-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present learns, present participle learning, simple past and past participle learned or learnt (chiefly UK))
- See other, dated and regional, sense of learn below.
(third-person singular simple present learns, present participle learning, simple past and past participle learned or learnt)
- (now regional slang or dialect) Alternative form of lere (“to teach").
- Now often considered non-standard.
From Old English lÃ¦ran (“to teach"), from Proto-Germanic *laizijanÄ…. Compare Dutch leren, German lehren.