The noun learning can describe that thing that happens when you study for your calculus class and you suddenly understand functions. Learning refers to gaining skills or knowledge, often by studying or being taught by someone.

The word learning can be used to mean "the process of acquiring knowledge," like the learning that takes place in your classroom, but it also means the knowledge itself. For example, you’ve probably acquired your worm learning through hours and hours of backyard digging. If you continue to work hard, someone might describe you as a person of great learning, with respect to snails, at least.

Definitions of learning

n the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

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a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment
developmental learning
learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development
learning and coming to understand ideas and information
the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
incorporation, internalisation, internalization
learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself
a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established
language learning
learning to use a language
committal to memory, memorisation, memorization
learning so as to be able to remember verbatim
study, work
applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
carry-over, transfer, transfer of training
application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation
(psychology) unconscious internalization of aspects of the world (especially aspects of persons) within the self in such a way that the internalized representation takes over the psychological functions of the external objects
(psychoanalysis) the internalization of the parent figures and their values; leads to the formation of the superego
audio lingual acquisition
system of language acquisition focusing intensively on listening and speaking
rote, rote learning
memorization by repetition
in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality
in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance
generalisation, generalization, stimulus generalisation, stimulus generalization
(psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus
acculturation, assimilation
the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
becoming proficient in the use of something; having mastery of
self-cultivation, self-education
the process of educating yourself
school, schooling
the process of being formally educated at a school
special education
education of physically or mentally handicapped children whose needs cannot be met in an ordinary classroom
vocational education, vocational training
training for a specific vocation in industry or agriculture or trade
experimental extinction, extinction
a conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus
aversive conditioning
conditioning to avoid an aversive stimulus
classical conditioning
conditioning that pairs a neutral stimulus with a stimulus that evokes a reflex; the stimulus that evokes the reflex is given whether or not the conditioned response occurs until eventually the neutral stimulus comes to evoke the reflex
operant conditioning
conditioning in which an operant response is brought under stimulus control by virtue of presenting reinforcement contingent upon the occurrence of the operant response
counter conditioning
conditioning in which a second incompatible response is conditioned to an already conditioned stimulus
Type of:
basic cognitive process
cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge

n profound scholarly knowledge

encyclopaedism, encyclopedism, eruditeness, erudition, learnedness, scholarship
scholarly attainment
Type of:
knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

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