lernen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German lērnen, from Proto-Germanic *liznaną. Cognate with Old English leornian (Modern English learn). Related to lehren.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛʁnən/
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lernen (third-person singular simple present lernt, past tense lernte, past participle gelernt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive) to learn, to study
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 25/2010, page 77:
      Es gilt deshalb, die richtigen Lehren aus der Krise zu ziehen, aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit zu lernen, um die Zukunft zu sichern.
      Therefore it is necessary to draw the right lessons from the crisis, to learn from the mistakes of the past for securing the future.
  2. (intransitive) to train something
  3. (dialectal, with dative) to teach
    Das lern ich dir. – I'll teach you that.

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Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *liznaną, akin to Old Saxon lernon, Old English leornian.

Verb[edit]

lērnen

  1. to learn, to study

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