learn

To learn is to gain new knowledge or skills through study, practice or experience. You probably learn something every day.

Whether you want to dance, understand chemistry, or know the alphabet backwards, you will have to learn. One of the most common ways to learn is through teachers and tutors, but people learn a lot from books, hobbies, jobs, and their families. Books and other reading material are a huge source of learning. Someone sent to prison learns they have to pay for their crime, but they might learn many things because they have plenty of time to read.

DEFINITIONS OF: learn

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v gain knowledge or skills

“She learned dancing from her sister”
“I learned Sanskrit”
Synonyms:
acquire, larn
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relearn
learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it
catch up
learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened
absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
take up mentally
hit the books, study
learn by reading books
imbibe
receive into the mind and retain
con, memorise, memorize
commit to memory; learn by heart
bone, bone up, cram, drum, get up, grind away, mug up, swot, swot up
study intensively, as before an exam

v find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

Synonyms:
ascertain, check, determine, find out, see, watch
ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
ascertain, determine, find, find out
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
Types:
test
determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

v get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

“I learned that she has two grown-up children”
Synonyms:
discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, pick up, see
find, see, witness
perceive or be contemporaneous with
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get the goods
discover some bad or hidden information about
wise up
get wise to
catch, trip up
detect a blunder or misstep
ascertain
learn or discover with certainty
discover, find
make a discovery
rake up
bring to light
price
ascertain or learn the price of
ferret, ferret out
search and discover through persistent investigation

v commit to memory; learn by heart

Synonyms:
con, memorise, memorize
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alternate, understudy
be an understudy or alternate for a role
Type of:
hit the books, study
learn by reading books

v be a student of a certain subject

Synonyms:
read, study, take
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audit
attend academic courses without getting credit
prepare, train
undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
drill, exercise, practice, practise
learn by repetition
apprentice
be or work as an apprentice
retrain
train again
drill
undergo military training or do military exercises

v impart skills or knowledge to

Synonyms:
instruct, teach
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develop, educate, prepare, train
create by training and teaching
indoctrinate
teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
drill
teach by repetition
catechise, catechize
give religious instructions to
reinforce, reward
strengthen and support with rewards
spoonfeed
teach without challenging the students
induct
introduce or initiate
mentor
serve as a teacher or trusted counselor
tutor
be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction
unteach
cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier
unteach
cause to unlearn
ground
instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
lecture, talk
deliver a lecture or talk
coach, train
teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
edify, enlighten
make understand
condition
establish a conditioned response
retrain
teach new skills
drill
train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
house-train, housebreak
train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
toilet-train
train (a small child) to use the toilet
inspire, revolutionise, revolutionize
fill with revolutionary ideas
brainwash
submit to brainwashing; indoctrinate forcibly
beat in, drill in, hammer in, ram down
teach by drills and repetition
inculcate, infuse, instill
teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
preach, prophesy
deliver a sermon
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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