learn

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lernen, from Old English leornian (to acquire knowledge), from Proto-Germanic *liznaną. Compare German lernen.

Verb[edit]

learn (third-person singular simple present learns, present participle learning, simple past and past participle learned or learnt (chiefly UK))

  1. To acquire, or attempt to acquire knowledge or an ability to do something.
  2. To attend a course or other educational activity.
  3. To gain knowledge from a bad experience.
    learn from one's mistakes
  4. To be studying.
  5. To come to know; to become informed of; to find out.
    He just learned that he will be sacked.
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  • See other, dated and regional, sense of learn below.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English læran (to teach), from Proto-Germanic *laizijaną. Compare Dutch leren, German lehren.

Verb[edit]

learn (third-person singular simple present learns, present participle learning, simple past and past participle learned or learnt)

  1. (now regional slang or dialect) Alternative form of lere (to teach).
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VIII:
      And there Tramtryste lerned hir to harpe, and she began to have a grete fantasy unto hym.
    • Shakespeare
      Hast thou not learned me how / To make perfumes?
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      Sweet prince, you learn me noble thankfulness.
    • 1993, The Simpsons, (18 Feb 1993) Lisa's thoughts.[1]
      That'll learn him to bust my tomater.
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  • Now often considered non-standard.
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tae learn (third-person singular simple present learns, present participle learnin, simple past learnt, past participle learnt)

  1. To learn.
  2. To teach.