lear

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English laire, leire, lere, northern Middle English variants of lore, loare (doctrine, teaching, lore), from Old English lār (lore). More at lore.

Noun[edit]

lear (countable and uncountable, plural lears)

  1. (now Scotland) Something learned; a lesson.
  2. (now Scotland) Learning, lore; doctrine.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.vii:
      when all other helpes she saw to faile, / She turnd her selfe backe to her wicked leares / And by her deuilish arts thought to preuaile [...].
    • 1898, Francis James Child (editor), Lord William, or Lord Lundy, from Child's Ballads,
      They dressed up in maids' array,
      And passd for sisters fair;
      With ae consent gaed ower the sea,
      For to seek after lear.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English learen, leren (to learn", also "to teach). Doublet of learn (Etymology 2).

Verb[edit]

lear (third-person singular simple present lears, present participle learing, simple past and past participle leared)

  1. (transitive, archaic and Scotland) To teach.
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To learn.
    • 14thC, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale, from The Canterbury Tales,
      He hath take on him many a great emprise,
      Which were full hard for any that is here
      To bring about, but they of him it lear.

Etymology 3[edit]

See lehr.

Noun[edit]

lear (plural lears)

  1. Alternative form of lehr

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Irish[edit]

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lear m (genitive singular lir)

  1. (literary or archaic, except in phrases) sea, ocean

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Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

lear (plural lears)

  1. olive tree

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