Definitions for LEARNlɜrn; lɜrnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

learn*lɜrn; lɜrnd(v.)learned; or learnt, learn•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience:

    to learn a new language.

  2. to become informed of or acquainted with; ascertain:

    to learn the truth.

  3. to memorize:

    He learned the poem in ten minutes.

  4. to gain (a habit, mannerism, etc.) by experience, exposure to example, or the like; acquire:

    She learned patience from her father.

  5. (of a device or machine, esp. a computer) to perform an analogue of human learning using artificial intelligence.

    Category: Computers

  6. Nonstandard. to instruct in; teach.

    Category: Status (usage)

  7. (v.i.)to acquire knowledge or skill:

    to learn rapidly.

  8. to become informed (often fol. by of or about):

    to learn of an accident.

* Syn: learn , discover , ascertain , detect imply adding to one's store of knowledge or information. To learn is to come to know by chance, or by study or other application: to learn of a friend's death; to learn to ski. To discover is to find out something previously unseen or unknown; it suggests that the new information is surprising to the learner: I discovered that they were selling their house. To ascertain is to find out and verify information through inquiry or analysis: to ascertain the truth about the incident. To detect is to become aware of something obscure, secret, or concealed: to detect a flaw in reasoning.

Origin of learn:

bef. 900; ME lernen, OE leornian to learn, read, ponder, c. OS līnōn, OHG lernēn; akin to Go laisjan to teach, and to lore1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. learn, larn, acquire(verb)

    gain knowledge or skills

    "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"

  2. learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see(verb)

    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

    "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted"

  3. memorize, memorise, con, learn(verb)

    commit to memory; learn by heart

    "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"

  4. learn, study, read, take(verb)

    be a student of a certain subject

    "She is reading for the bar exam"

  5. teach, learn, instruct(verb)

    impart skills or knowledge to

    "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"

  6. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn(verb)

    find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. learn(verb)ɜrn

    to gain knowledge or experience

    She's learning (how) to speak Italian.; She's learning Italian.; I can learn if you teach me.; He's learned a lot about relationships this year.; teenagers learning to be independent

  2. learnɜrn

    to gain knowledge about an event, person etc.; = hear, find out

    We first learned about the city's problems from a neighbor.; The Senator has learned that the hostages have been released.

  3. learnɜrn

    to learn from sth you did wrong

    I think he learned his lesson - he won't do it again.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Learn(verb)

    to gain knowledge or information of; to ascertain by inquiry, study, or investigation; to receive instruction concerning; to fix in the mind; to acquire understanding of, or skill; as, to learn the way; to learn a lesson; to learn dancing; to learn to skate; to learn the violin; to learn the truth about something

  2. Learn(verb)

    to communicate knowledge to; to teach

  3. Learn(verb)

    to acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to receive information or instruction; as, this child learns quickly

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. learn

    To add to one's ignorance by extending the knowledge we have of the things that we can never know.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LEARN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1330

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LEARN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #927

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LEARN' in Verbs Frequency: #118

Anagrams of LEARN

  1. Laren

  2. Renal

Translations for LEARN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to get to know

It was then that I learned that she was dead.

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