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
  1. verb
    gain knowledge or skills
    “She learned dancing from her sister”
    “I learned Sanskrit”
    synonyms: acquire, larn
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    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
    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
  2. verb
    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
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    determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
  3. verb
    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
    learn or discover with certainty
    discover, find
    make a discovery
    rake up
    bring to light
    ascertain or learn the price of
    ferret, ferret out
    search and discover through persistent investigation
  4. verb
    commit to memory; learn by heart
    synonyms: con, memorise, memorize
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    alternate, understudy
    be an understudy or alternate for a role
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    hit the books, study
    learn by reading books
  5. verb
    be a student of a certain subject
    synonyms: read, study, take
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    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
    be or work as an apprentice
    train again
    undergo military training or do military exercises
  6. verb
    impart skills or knowledge to
    synonyms: instruct, teach
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    develop, educate, prepare, train
    create by training and teaching
    teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
    teach by repetition
    catechise, catechize
    give religious instructions to
    reinforce, reward
    strengthen and support with rewards
    teach without challenging the students
    introduce or initiate
    serve as a teacher or trusted counselor
    be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction
    cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier
    cause to unlearn
    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
    establish a conditioned response
    teach new skills
    train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
    house-train, housebreak
    train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
    train (a small child) to use the toilet
    inspire, revolutionise, revolutionize
    fill with revolutionary ideas
    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
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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