A teacher helps her students to learn.
- 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.
transitive verblearned or Chiefly Brit.learnt, learn′ing
- 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 lizn?n (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, 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.