learn

learn [ lɜrn ] (past tense and past participle learned [ lɜrnt ] ) verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to gain knowledge or experience of something, for example by being taught:
a bright girl who is already learning the alphabet
research into how children learn
What did you learn at school today?
We're learning fractions in math class this week.
a ) intransitive or transitive to gain knowledge or a skill that makes it possible for you to do something:
I'm learning a lot of new computer skills in this job.
learn to do something: The children are learning to swim this summer.
learn how to do something: I want to learn how to dive.
b ) intransitive or transitive to get the experience or knowledge that you need to behave or think in a particular way:
stereotypes that are learned at an early age
Children mainly learn by copying adults.
learn (how) to do something: You have to learn to be more patient.
c ) transitive to study something so that you remember it exactly: MEMORIZE:
Your assignment is to learn the periodic table.
learn something by heart (=exactly): It didn't take her long to learn her lines by heart.
learn something by rote (=without thinking about or understanding it): facts learned by rote
d ) learn by doing to learn a skill, ability, etc. by trying to do it:
Some learn by doing some prefer to learn by reading.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to gain new information about a situation, event, or person:
She'll go to great lengths to keep you from learning her secrets.
learn about/of: We didn't learn about the situation until it was too late.
learn (that): We were distressed to learn that American troops were the targets of the attack.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to improve your behavior as a result of gaining greater experience or knowledge of something:
His girlfriend's left him again. Some people never learn, do they?
a ) learn your lesson to be unlikely to do something stupid or wrong again, because last time you did it something unpleasant happened

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • learn — W1S1 [lə:n US lə:rn] v past tense and past participle learned or learnt [lə:nt US lə:rnt] especially BrE ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(subject/skill)¦ 2¦(find out)¦ 3¦(remember)¦ 4¦(change your behaviour)¦ 5 somebody has learned their lesson 6 learn (something) the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Learn — (l[ e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Learned} (l[ e]rnd), or {Learnt} (l[ e]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Learning}.] [OE. lernen, leornen, AS. leornian; akin to OS. lin[=o]n, for lirn[=o]n, OHG. lirn[=e]n, lern[=e]n, G. lernen, fr. the root of AS. l[=ae]ran …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • learn — learn; learn·able; learn·er; learn·ing; re·learn; un·learn; …   English syllables

  • learn — [lʉrn] vt. learned or Chiefly Brit. learnt, learning [ME lernen, to learn, teach < OE leornian (akin to Ger lernen) < WGmc * liznōn (akin to Goth laisjan, to teach) < IE base * leis , track, furrow > L lira, furrow] 1. to get… …   English World dictionary

  • Learn — Learn, v. i. To acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to receive information or instruction; as, this child learns quickly. [1913 Webster] Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. Matt. xi. 29. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • learn — lərn vb, learned lərnd, lərnt also learnt lərnt; learn·ing vt to acquire (a change in behavior) by learning vi to acquire a behavioral tendency by learning learn·er n …   Medical dictionary

  • learn´ed|ly — learn|ed «LUR nihd», adjective. showing or requiring knowledge; scholarly; erudite: »a learned professor, learned pursuits. SYNONYM(S): educated. –learn´ed|ly, adverb. –learn´ed|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • learn|ed — «LUR nihd», adjective. showing or requiring knowledge; scholarly; erudite: »a learned professor, learned pursuits. SYNONYM(S): educated. –learn´ed|ly, adverb. –learn´ed|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • learn — (v.) O.E. leornian to get knowledge, be cultivated, study, read, think about, from P.Gmc. *liznojan (Cf. O.Fris. lernia, M.Du. leeren, Du. leren, O.H.G. lernen, Ger. lernen to learn, Goth. lais I know ), with a base sense of to follow or find the …   Etymology dictionary

  • learn — verb. 1. The past form and past participle are in BrE either learned (pronounced lernd or lernt) or learnt (pronounced lernt); learned is more usual as the past form and, in AmE, as both past form and past participle. Examples: • So, what was… …   Modern English usage

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