- The definition of learning is the process or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
An example of learning is a student understanding and remembering what they've been taught.
These children are learning about geography.
- the acquiring of knowledge or skill
- acquired knowledge or skill; esp., much knowledge in a special field
Origin of learningMiddle English lerning ; from Old English leornung ; from leornian, to learn
- The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
- Knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study. See Synonyms at knowledge.
- Psychology Behavioral modification especially through experience or conditioning.
academicism, academism 1. the mode of teaching or of procedure in a private school, college, or university. 2. a tendency toward traditionalism or conventionalism in art, literature, music, etc. 3. any attitudes or ideas that are learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality. —academie, n., adj. —academist, n. academism 1. the philosophy of the school founded by Plato. 2. academicism. —academist, n. —academie, academical, adj. anti-intellectualism antagonism to learning, education, and the educated, expressed in literature in a conscious display of simplicity, earthiness, even colorful semi-literacy. —anti-intellectual, n., adj. autodidactics the process of teaching oneself. —autodidact, n. bluestockingism 1. the state of being a pedantic or literal-minded woman. 2. behavior characteristic of such a woman. clerisy men of learning as a class or collectively; the intelligentsia or literati. didacticism 1. the practice of valuing literature, etc., primarily for its instructional content. 2. an inclination to teach or lecture others too much, especially by preaching and moralizing. 3. a pedantic, dull method of teaching. —didact, n. —didactic, adj. didactics the art or science of teaching. doctrinism the state of being devoted to something that is taught. —doctrinist, n. educationist 1. British. aneducator. 2. a specialist in the theory and methods of education. Also called educationalist. Froebelist a person who supports or uses the system of kindergarten education developed by Friedrich Froebel, German educational reformer. Also Froebelian. gymnasiast a student in a gymnasium, a form of high school in Europe. See also athletics. gymnasium (in Europe) a name given to a high school at which students prepare for university entrance. literati men of letters or learning; scholars as a group. literator a scholarly or literary person; one of the literati. lucubration 1. the practice of reading, writing, or studying at night, especially by artificial light; “burning the midnight oil.” 2. the art or practice of writing learnedly. —lucubrator, n. —lucubrate, v. opsimathy Rare. 1. a late education. 2. the process of acquiring education late in life. paideutics, paedeutics the science of learning. pedagogics the science or art of teaching or education. —pedagogue, paedagogue, pedagog, n. —pedagogie, paedagogic, pedagogical, paedagogical, adj. pedagogism 1. the art of teaching. 2. teaching that is pedantic, dogmatic, and formal. pedagogy 1. the function or work of a teacher; teaching. 2. the art or method of teaching; pedagogics. pedanticism 1. the character or practices of a pedant, as excessive display of learning. 2. a slavish attention to rules, details, etc; pedantry. —pedant, n. —pedantic, adj. pedantocracy rule or government by pedants; domination of society by pedants. pedantry pedanticism, def. 2. polytechnic a school of higher education offering instruction in a variety of vocational, technical, and scientific subjects. —polytechnic, adj. professorialism the qualities, actions, and thoughts characteristic of a professor. —professorial, adj. propaedeutics the basic principles and rules preliminary to the study of an art or science. —propaedeutic, propaedeutical, adj. quadrivium in the Middle Ages, one of the two divisions of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. See also trivium. realia objects, as real money, utensils, etc., used by a teacher in the classroom to illustrate aspects of daily life. savant a scholar or person of great learning. scholarch a head of a school, especially the head of one of the ancient Athenian schools of philosophy. sophist 1. Ancient Greece. a teacher of rhetoric, philosophy, etc.; hence, a learned person. 2. one who is given to the specious arguments often used by the sophists. —sophistic, sophistical, adj. sophistry 1. the teachings and ways of teaching of the Greek sophists. 2. specious or fallacious reasoning, as was sometimes used by the sophists. Sorbonist a doctor of the Sorbonne, of the University of Paris. symposiarch Ancient Greece. the master of a feast or symposium; hence, a person presiding over a banquet or formal discussion. symposiast Rare. a person participating in a symposium. symposium learned discussion of a particular topic. Also spelled symposion. technography the study and description of arts and sciences from the point of view of their historical development, geographical, and ethnic distribution. theorist a person who forms theories or who specializes in the theory of a particular subject. trivium in the Middle Ages, one of the two divisions of the seven liberal arts, comprising logic, grammar, and rhetoric. See also quadrivium. tyrology Rare. a set of instructions for beginners.
- Present participle of learn.
- I'm learning to ride a unicycle.
Variant of 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)