• Walter learns why Sidney is upset
    Walter learns why Sidney is upset
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v learn gain knowledge or skills "She learned dancing from her sister","I learned Sanskrit","Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
    • v learn 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 learn be a student of a certain subject "She is reading for the bar exam"
    • v learn commit to memory; learn by heart "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"
    • v learn impart skills or knowledge to "I taught them French","He instructed me in building a boat"
    • v learn 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Learning the charge Learning the charge
Good Children learning their Hymn Good Children learning their Hymn
learned men in pen learned men in pen

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At just four years old Mozart was able to learn a piece of music in half an hour
    • v. i Learn 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."
    • Learn To communicate knowledge to; to teach. "Hast thou not learned me how
      To make perfumes ?"
    • Learn 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.""Now learn a parable of the fig tree."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The parents of Albert Einstein were worried that he was mentally slow because it took him a long time to learn how to speak
    • learn To gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in; become informed of or acquainted with: as, to learn grammar; to learn the truth.
    • learn To teach.
    • learn To acquire or receive knowledge, information, or intelligence; receive instruction; profit from teaching: as, to learn how to act; the child learns rapidly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Children spend more time learning about life through media than any other manner. The average child spends approximately 28 hours a week watching television, which is twice as much time as they spend in school.
    • v.t Learn lėrn to acquire knowledge of, to get to know: to gain power of performing:
    • v.i Learn to gain knowledge: to improve by example
    • v.t Learn lėrn (prov.) to teach
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  • Doug Horton
    “Live to learn, learn to live, then teach others.”
  • Heraclitus
    “Much learning does not teach understanding.”
  • Wendell Berry
    Wendell Berry
    “It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.”
  • Euripides
    “Some wisdom you must learn from one who's wise.”
  • Caryl Haskins
    Caryl Haskins
    “The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.”
  • St. Ambrose
    St. Ambrose
    “There is no time of life past learning something.”


A little learning is a dangerous thing - A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.eg. he said he'd done a course on home electrics, but when he tried to mend my table lamp, he fused all the lights! I think a little learning is a dangerous thing
Learn the ropes - If you are learning the ropes, you are learning how to do something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lernen, leornen, AS. leornian,; akin to OS. linōn, for lirnōn, OHG. lirnēn, lernēn, G. lernen, fr. the root of AS. lǣran, to teach, OS. lērian, OHG. lēran, 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's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leornian; Ger. lernen; cf. A.S. lǽran (Ger. lehren), to teach.


In literature:

Summing up what we have been able to learn, and what the world has learned, about employment, it is generally agreed that hard work is best.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
It took about sixty days to learn that the business would not support two persons.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
We can do it better if we learn to use our hands.
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
When the pupils have learned a story thoroughly, they are ready to make plans for playing it.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
That can best through the Ordeal learned be.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
It is not what we learn in college, but what we learn after leaving it, that makes us what we are in after life.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
He would there, perchance, learn more of her, of her home, of her life, of her friends.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
We must all live and learn.
"The Printer Boy." by William M. Thayer
It is not enough to say that the learned man (learned in this way) is merely ignorant.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
So much Mr. Fenwick learned from the drunken woman, and nothing more he could learn.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

CLARIN. Because alone I know
Who you are: And this being so,
Learn, Clotaldo is . . . . . This strain
Puts me out.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
'The sad vicissitudes of life
Long have I learn'd to bear;
But oh! my daughter, thou art new
To sorrow and to care!
"A Tale" by John Logan
Yet he cannot sleep thereunder,
But ever must toss and turn.
How went the battle, I wonder?
—And that he will never learn!
"Two Folk Songs" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
I ceased. But though I paused to learn,
No answer seemed to come,
And, save an onward—bickering burn,
All now again was dumb.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
Thus shall they learn in God alone
Their hope securely stands;
That they may ne'er forget his works,
But practise his commands.
"Psalm 78 part 1" by Isaac Watts
I would not give this story fame
If there were room to doubt it,
But when he learned to talk, he came
And told me all about it.
"A Secret" by John Charles McNeill

In news:

Created especially for families and childcare providers, WGTE's Early Learning Department is a service which helps adults encourage young children in their natural curiosity and love of learning.
Students with learning differences are twice as likely as their peers to drop out of high school, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Northeastern Illinois University Selects Desire2Learn® Learning Suite to Provide Powerful Personalized Learning and Measure Institutional Effectiveness .
ASHLAND — Children mostly learn by watching the actions of adults, but, sometimes, we can learn by watching them.
Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art—the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make.
"To me it sends a message that we're continuing to look outside the box and recognize that our students don't all learn in the same way and don't all learn in the same time frame," says Faucette.
Students learn to use primary sources to research, Bright said, and similarly, they can learn from eyewitnesses accounts of events like 9/11.
The students in Linda Rinaldo's Southwestern Middle School Alternative Learning Program learned what it is like to prepare and entertain a Thanksgiving dinner for 30 invited guests.
"I was wanting to learn how to play the guitar and Ron wanted to learn how to play the fiddle ," Bell said.
Gaithersburg resident learns firsthand the value of hands-on learning.
Flooring choices for new and retrofit education facilities impact learning environments and affect student learning.
I felt a shudder and an echo of something Catarina had said to us: "I have learned to live with the ghosts , and I have learned to love them.".
The non-traditional style school offers smaller classrooms, unique learning tools and a comfortable learning environment.
Still learning, and lately I've learned.
On my Mormon mission, I learned to speak Spanish more proficiently than I could ever learn in college, and it only cost $10,000.

In science:

N )σν−1S |wν (t) + (η/N )σν−1S | The learning rate η is a parameter controlling the speed of learning.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
We study the convergence properties of a pair of learning algorithms (learning with and without memory).
Mathematics of learning
Scanners learn to search for supernovae in the SNfactory data stream by examining the almost one hundred supernovae already found by the search pipeline to learn what supernovae look like in the SNfactory subtractions.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Learning Boolean formulae in Disjunctive Normal Form (DNF) has been a central problem in the computational learning theory literature since Valiant’s seminal paper on PAC learning .
On Learning Thresholds of Parities and Unions of Rectangles in Random Walk Models
In , BS was used to learn DNFs under the uniform distribution in two natural passive learning models.
On Learning Thresholds of Parities and Unions of Rectangles in Random Walk Models