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2 : to cause (something) to be in your memory by studying it : memorize I"m trying to learn my lines for the play. We had to learn the names of the state capitals. learn the alphabet
3 : to hear or be told (something) : to find out (something) She learned through/from a letter that her father had died. I later learned that they had never called. See More ExamplesI was surprised when I learned (that) he wasn"t coming. We finally learned the truth about what had happened.Hide
1a(1) : to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience learn a trade learned to play chess
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learnable \ ˈlər-nə-bəl
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discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out what one did not previously know. discover may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter. discovered the source of the river ascertain implies effort to find the facts or the truth proceeding from awareness of ignorance or uncertainty. attempts to ascertain the population of the region determine emphasizes the intent to establish the facts definitely or precisely. unable to determine the origin of the word unearth implies bringing to light something forgotten or hidden. unearth old records learn may imply acquiring knowledge with little effort or conscious intention (as by simply being told) or it may imply study and practice. I learned her name only today learning Greek
Can learn mean teach?: Usage Guide
Learn in the sense of "teach" dates from the 13th century and was standard until at least the early 19th. made them drunk with true Hollands—and then learned them the art of making bargains — Washington Irving But by Mark Twain"s time it was receding to a speech form associated chiefly with the less educated. never done nothing for three months but set in his back yard and learn that frog to jump — Mark Twain The present-day status of learn has not risen. This use persists in speech, but in writing it appears mainly in the representation of such speech or its deliberate imitation for effect.
People learn throughout their lives. I can"t swim yet, but I"m learning. She"s interested in learning French. We had to learn the rules of the game. I"m trying to learn my lines for the play. We had to learn the names of the state capitals. She learned through a letter that her father had died. I later learned that they had never called. We finally learned the truth about what had happened.
Recent Examples on the Web Now scientists are working to learn how well vaccines stand up to the omicron variant. — Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Nov. 2021 The student organization strives to educate children in impoverished countries who wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to learn by building libraries to help create a better environment for children. — Lindsey Tellez / Special To El Sentinel, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Nov. 2021 High schoolers should learn on their own at home one day every week while their teachers offer three hours of virtual office hours for students who need them. — oregonlive, 30 Nov. 2021 One thing that often holds back the use of A.I. in industry is the lack of real-world training data and training environments in where an A.I. system can safely learn. — Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 This year has been different, as both groups vowed to learn from the lessons of last summer and have largely negotiated out of the public’s eye. — James Wagner, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Durryle Brooks was shocked to learn that roughly one in three Black gay and bisexual young men 15 to 24 years old reported experiencing intimate partner violence. — Stephanie García, baltimoresun.com, 30 Nov. 2021 The girls travel to Pleasure Point — coming from as close as Live Oak and as far as Seaside — to learn how to ride waves and the vast ecosystem of Monterey Bay. — Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Read on to learn how to make your own Christmas ornaments using resin. — Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Nov. 2021
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History and Etymology for learn
Middle English lernen, from Old English leornian; akin to Old High German lernēn to learn, Old English last footprint, Latin lira furrow, track