What does learn mean?

Definitions for learn
lɜrn; lɜrndlearn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. learn, larn, acquireverb

    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, seeverb

    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, learnverb

    commit to memory; learn by heart

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

  4. learn, study, read, takeverb

    be a student of a certain subject

    "She is reading for the bar exam"

  5. teach, learn, instructverb

    impart skills or knowledge to

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

  6. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learnverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To LEARNverb

    Etymology: leornian , Saxon.

    Learn a parable of the fig-tree. Mat. xxiv. 32.

    He, in a shorter time than was thought possible, learned both to speak and write the Arabian tongue. Richard Knolles.

    Learn, wretches! learn the motions of the mind,
    And the great moral end of humankind. John Dryden, Persius.

    You may rely upon my tender care,
    To keep him far from perils of ambition:
    All he can learn of me, will be to weep! Ambrose Philips.

    He would learn
    The lion stoop to him in lowly-wise,
    A lesson hard. Edmund Spenser, Fairy Queen, b. i.

    You taught me language, and my profit on’t
    Is, I know not how to curse: the red plague rid you,
    For learning me your language. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    A thousand more mischances than this one,
    Have learn’d me how to brook this patiently. William Shakespeare.

    Hast thou not learn’d me how
    To make perfumes? William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written. 1 Cor. iv. 6.

  2. To Learnverb

    To take pattern.

    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly. Mat. xi. 29.

    In imitation of sounds, that man should be the teacher is no part of the matter; for birds will learn one of another. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 237.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Learnverb

    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. Learnverb

    to communicate knowledge to; to teach

  3. Learnverb

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

  4. Etymology: [OE. lernen, leornen, AS. leornian; akin to OS. linn, for lirnn, OHG. lirnn, lernn, G. lernen, fr. the root of AS. lran to teach, OS. lrian, OHG. lran, G. lehren, Goth. laisjan, also Goth lais I know, leis acquainted (in comp.); all prob. from a root meaning, to go, go over, and hence, to learn; cf. AS. leoran to go. Cf. Last a mold of the foot, lore.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Learn

    lėrn, v.t. to acquire knowledge of, to get to know: to gain power of performing: (prov.) to teach.—v.i. to gain knowledge: to improve by example.—adjs. Learn′able, that may be learned; Learn′ed, having learning: versed in literature, &c.: skilful.—adv. Learn′edly.—ns. Learn′edness; Learn′er, one who learns: one who is yet in the rudiments of any subject; Learn′ing, what is learned: knowledge: scholarship: skill in languages or science.—New learning, the awakening to classical learning in England in the 16th century, led by Colet, Erasmus, Warham, More, &c. [A.S. leornian; Ger. lernen; cf. A.S. lǽran (Ger. lehren), to teach.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. learn

    Intuitive knowledge and understanding.

    We learn every day from other people as we are amazing human beings.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of learn in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of learn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of learn in a Sentence

  1. Robin Murphy:

    We go participate in disasters to learn. You can't really tell how the technology's going to be used until you use it. You can't use the technology until it's there. It's kind of a cycle.

  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

  3. Franziska Meier:

    As humans we are able to learn this, but we need to be able to teach a robot how to learn that.

  4. Nicholas Pyenson:

    They live 99 percent of their lives away from the tools of human investigation, so the question is: How are we going to be able to learn more about them?

  5. Fil Carrion:

    Definitely it's a very easy musical instrument to learn, here it's just a four-string instrument that's small yet powerful.

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