outlearn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

out- +‎ learn

Verb[edit]

outlearn (third-person singular simple present outlearns, present participle outlearning, simple past and past participle outlearned or outlearnt)

  1. (transitive) To surpass in learning.
    By eleven years old, the young genius had outlearned most of his teachers.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To learn completely and thoroughly; to exhaust knowledge of.
    • Edmund Spenser
      Naught, according to his mind, / He could outlearn.
    • Emerson
      Men and gods have not outlearned it [love].

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for outlearn in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)