Definitions for: Learn


[v] acquire or gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"
[v] 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"
[v] be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam"
[v] commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"
[v] impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Learn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Learned, or Learnt (?);
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?ran to
teach, OS. l[=e]rian, OHG. l[=e]ran, 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.]
1. 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. ``Learn to do well.''
--Is. i. 17.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree. --Matt. xxiv.
32.

2. To communicate knowledge to; to teach. [Obs.]

Hast thou not learned me how To make perfumes ?
--Shak.

Note: Learn formerly had also the sense of teach, in
accordance with the analogy of the French and other
languages, and hence we find it with this sense in
Shakespeare, Spenser, and other old writers. This usage
has now passed away. To learn is to receive
instruction, and to teach is to give instruction. He
who is taught learns, not he who teaches.


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.

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. --Matt. xi.
29.

To learn by heart. See By heart, under Heart.

To learn by rote, to memorize by repetition without
exercise of the understanding.

Synonyms: ascertain, check, con, determine, discover, find out, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, instruct, larn, memorise, memorize, pick up, read, see, see, take, teach, watch

See Also: absorb, alternate, ascertain, assimilate, audit, catch, catch up, catechise, catechize, coach, condition, develop, drill, drill, edify, educate, enlighten, exercise, find, ground, hit the books, indoctrinate, inform, ingest, larn, learn, lecture, mentor, practice, practise, prepare, prepare, reinforce, relearn, reward, spoonfeed, study, take in, talk, test, train, train, trip up, tutor, understudy, unteach, wise up

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