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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a learning outcome (=what someone is supposed to learn from something)
▪ It is important to set teaching objectives and learning outcomes.
a lot to do/learn/say etc
▪ I still have a lot to learn.
▪ It’s a great city, with lots to see and do.
a working/learning environment
▪ Most people prefer a quiet working environment.
astonished to see/find/hear/learn etc
▪ We were astonished to find the temple still in its original condition.
be gratified to see/hear/learn etc
▪ John was gratified to see the improvement in his mother’s health.
dismayed to see/discover/learn etc
▪ Ruth was dismayed to see how thin he had grown.
distance learning
disturbed to find/see/discover/learn etc
▪ She was disturbed to learn he had bought a motorbike.
fascinated to see/hear/learn etc
▪ Ed was fascinated to see gorillas in the wild.
intrigued to know/learn etc
▪ She was intrigued to know what he planned to do next.
know/learn from experience
▪ Janet knew from experience that love doesn't always last.
learn a craft
▪ As a girl, she had to learn the craft of hand sewing.
learn a language
▪ Immigrants are expected to learn the language of their new country.
learn a poem (=learn it so that you can remember it without reading it)
▪ Hugh had learned the whole poem by heart as a boy.
learn a skill (also acquire a skillformal)
▪ People can acquire new skills while they are unemployed.
learn a technique
▪ We will help the beginner learn these basic techniques.
learn from your mistakes
▪ I’m sure he will learn from his mistakes.
learn poetry
▪ He made us learn a lot of poetry by heart.
learn the piano
▪ He wanted his children to learn the piano.
learn the truth
▪ When she learns the truth, she may decide to help us.
learn to cope
▪ In this job, you'll have to learn to cope with pressure.
learn to play an instrument (also learn an instrument)
▪ All students at the school have the opportunity to learn an instrument.
learn to talk
▪ How do babies learn to talk?
learn vocabulary
▪ What's the best way of learning new vocabulary?
learned the hard way
▪ He learned the hard way about the harsh reality of the boxing world.
learned this lesson the hard way
▪ Make sure you put the baby’s diaper on before you start feeding her. I learned this lesson the hard way.
Learning and Skills Council, the
learning curve
▪ Everyone in the centre has been through a very steep learning curve they had to learn very quickly.
learning difficulties
▪ a school for children with learning difficulties
learning disability
learning disabled (=children who have problems learning)
▪ teachers who work with learning disabled children
learning the ropes
▪ I spent the first month just learning the ropes. rote
▪ In old-fashioned schools, much learning was by rote.
learning/physical/mental etc disability
▪ children with severe learning disabilities
▪ It always took me ages to learn my lines.
programmed learning
rote learning
▪ the rote learning of facts
shock sb to hear/learn/discover etc that
▪ They had been shocked to hear that the hospital was closing down.
▪ It shocked me to think how close we had come to being killed.
sorry to hear/see/learn
▪ I was sorry to hear about your accident.
steep learning curve (=they had to learn very quickly)
▪ Everyone in the centre has been through a very steep learning curve .
the learning process
▪ The student is actively involved in the learning process.
▪ More than 200 years later, we still have much to learn about the species.
▪ Needless to say, I learned about getting things done, the hard way.
▪ It is quite a new badge and involves learning about seven animals and seven plants.
▪ He learned about where the money came from and where it went, its exciting Protestant predictability.
▪ I would like to suggest that poetry helps the writer to learn about three things.
▪ We have been reared like our brothers to develop our potential, not to mind younger siblings and learn about infant care.
▪ And families need to help each other because, in the end, it's all about learning to love.
▪ There he learned about diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, relationships, and the importance of talking out his frustrations.
▪ I had to learn how to compromise.
▪ The families of Oneida really did seem to be learning how to overcome exclusive feelings.
▪ Teachers will learn how to evaluate materials in the light of the theoretical background.
▪ Now I know that you need to learn how to fight.
▪ They can be made adaptive so that each packet learns how to work with others and how to perform its task better.
▪ We learned how many voice mail messages you had.
▪ It is misleading if it means simply that students learn how to acquire conventional encyclopaedia-like knowledge for themselves.
▪ I told him that I hoped someday to learn how to speak Sioux.
▪ And an information day is being planned for anyone wanting to learn more about the day care centre appeal.
▪ I phoned to learn more and discovered Yedida Nielsen.
▪ I learned more about coaching sprinters by reading this book than I have in the past 30 years in the sport.
▪ We need to learn more about what we can do for the elderly patient.
▪ I really enjoyed having a tutor and I learned more than if I'd been at school.
▪ Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking children.
▪ Further knowledge is necessary if historians are to learn more about the standard of living of ordinary workers.
▪ The research and clinical communities are scrambling to learn more, try new ideas, and explore new treatments.
▪ It is obvious that you will never learn it correctly.
▪ An eccentric nobleman has never learned how to read a clock.
▪ Without their efforts, pupils would never learn that all-important principle of science, the controlled fair test.
▪ Red learned never to stray from the path or talk to strangers again.
▪ Is not it a fact that he never learns from experience?
▪ He was in the Eighth Grade but he had never learned to read.
▪ You never learn, do you?
▪ I never learned why the Vanyas singled me out to receive this gift.
▪ This is the process of carrying through what is said so that the child learns that parents mean what they say.
▪ From their father, Marvin, the children learned the vagaries of business.
▪ Girl children learn these messages in subtle ways.
▪ As a child she learned cooking at her grandmother's side, and, indeed, a toque was born.
▪ Within social services, respite care for children with learning difficulties was provided by the local specialist units.
▪ They argue that the legislated-excellence movement is wrong not only about how children learn, but also about what they should learn.
▪ A regular bowel training programme has to be implemented so that the child learns to pass a normal soft stool.
▪ Watching us, our children learn that people write to keep in touch, and that letters are usually answered.
▪ The crowd is an experience that people can learn from.
▪ However, invariably, it is not only bad experiences of learning that are committed to memory.
▪ More than a few of us got our first work experience and learned positive work habits in this manner.
▪ The event will offer opportunities for partnerships new and old to share experiences and learn from each other.
▪ For many boys, competitive games represent one of their critical formative learning experiences.
▪ Informal as it was, this feedback greatly enhanced the managers' ability to learn from experience.
▪ Behaviourism, with its reduction of language learning to habit formation, is another example.
▪ Because language learning is so universal, one is tempted to believe that acquisition of spoken language is automatic or innate.
▪ And as they learn their native language, they also use language to learn other things.
▪ Following a stroke, some one might speak only a language that she learned as an exchange student.
▪ There were three languages to learn and I was getting nowhere with all of them.
▪ It is not the easiest language to learn, but it has structure and legibility.
▪ For language learning is essentially learning how grammar functions in the achievement of meaning and it is a mistake to suppose otherwise.
▪ A wide variety of valuable lessons is learned at such times when the pupils strengthen their ties with the School Community.
▪ But it was a lesson worth learning.
▪ They hope by sharing their agony, the lessons will be learned. and a tragedy like this will never happen again.
▪ The primary lesson plan is that learning should be fun, and that nostalgia rocks.
▪ In practice the lesson must be learned anew.
▪ The first lesson to be learned from these studies is that the extinctions were indeed devastating.
▪ Projects in different parts of the country have gained valuable experience and useful lessons have been learned.
▪ When a product or service takes off unexpectedly, there are inevitably important lessons to be learned.
▪ My senior management team is important to me and I learn a lot from them.
▪ You will learn a lot from this book, but expect your socks to stay resolutely in place.
▪ They said they had learned a lot.
▪ By the end of the sixties, I had learned a lot about Britain from watching television.
▪ Very quickly, I learned a lot about the company.
▪ Radio journalists learned to carry lots of change because a pay phone was a necessity when a story was breaking.
▪ I did the tutorial that came with the package deal and learned a lot through trial and error.
▪ As time proceeds they will learn from their mistakes.
▪ Such systems would have to learn from their mistakes, their observations and experiences of the world.
▪ So long as we learn something from every mistake we make, time hasn't been wasted.
▪ The doctor was quick to learn from his mistakes, and had a certain cavalier courage that served him well.
▪ What is important is to learn by our mistakes soas to avoid future problems.
▪ You can only hope they learned from their mistakes.
▪ We'd grown up in television together, learning from our mistakes, trying out new ideas.
▪ Rather than give up, the program developers began to learn from these mistakes.
▪ Secondment is an opportunity for them to learn at first hand about the world of work to which their students are aspiring.
▪ Working in the kitchen to prepare a meal provides opportunities to learn about weights, measures, and fractions-and cooperation.
▪ Everyone has a contribution to make to ward teaching and the student should take every possible opportunity to learn.
▪ Trips provide opportunities for learning geography and map reading.
▪ He took every opportunity to learn while arranging pillows and giving comfort.
▪ The company that provides adequate opportunities for new learning will nurture employability security and loyalty.
▪ The bird in this treatment would have the opportunity to learn the skill by imitation.
▪ My involvement with counseling was marked by continuing opportunity to learn and by a strange draw toward more and more troubled people.
▪ Our attempts to support young people in their learning are paying off.
▪ Few people learn about politics through direct experience.
▪ We were shown photographic slides of people enthusiastically learning how to read and write.
▪ Sometimes people have learning problems and they use visual means to help them understand.
▪ Is it primarily a handbook for managers or a review of developments in services for people with learning difficulties?
▪ For instance, many people learn in high school that alcohol is a depressant-a kind of chemical sledgehammer for the mind.
▪ With fewer rungs on the ladder, people have to learn to move sideways.
▪ These are things that people learn as they are working at the side of others.
▪ The way local people used the facilities at Kirkleatham Hall School for pupils with learning difficulties impressed the assessors.
▪ Unfortunately, many schools have yet to learn this, and the consequences are disastrous.
▪ A substantial amount of the training will be done in teaching practice at local schools and using distance learning methods.
▪ When I was in school I learned about two kinds of freedom.
▪ Joseph Dods has begun setting up clubs in County Durham schools to help youngsters learn about the natural world around them.
▪ In fact Sabour had arrived at City College with almost no school learning at all.
▪ This also develops technical skills as the pupils learn to use the microcomputer while carrying out the project.
▪ Companies are already paying for training programs to give employees the basic skills they should have learned in high school.
▪ The upgrade path is simple and can be undertaken whenever the relevant skills have been learned.
▪ Education must necessarily be about skill acquisition and content learning as well as development.
▪ It is a skill predators will readily learn.
▪ These days the most valuable skill you can learn in any job is how to read the handwriting on the wall.
▪ What extra skills have I learned through doing those jobs?
▪ Positive coping skills are learned when parents are able to establish clear limits by saying no and meaning it.
▪ As students we wanted to learn about Mandela and how the land was taken from black farmers.
▪ Medical records are also useful in helping the student to learn about all aspects of a patient's care.
▪ In Tampa, Fla., he posed with elementary school students learning how to run businesses.
▪ Long before going solo the student should have learned the mnemonic by heart.
▪ Tri-County and high school faculty collaborated with employers to determine the competencies that students will learn on the job.
▪ The identification of objectives: what must the students learn? 2.
▪ He insisted that his students learn the theory behind each instrumental technique.
▪ But listening does more than that, it gives you a chance to learn and to get things into context.
▪ I think i learned some really important things from bad leaders.
▪ I mean you learn things off the others.
▪ You learn these things for yourself.
▪ And as they learn their native language, they also use language to learn other things.
▪ Active learning, doing real things, being real scientists, these things typify classroom and school communities that work.
▪ If we want to understand another person we have to learn how to see things from their point of view.
▪ This is one of those submerged concepts that is normally learned as an incidental consequence of learning other things.
▪ He joined Anglo in 1968, learning the mining trade in the firm's diamond, gold and uranium divisions.
▪ I was learning Hugh's trade, and helping my granny with her flower stall at the harbour.
▪ He tried hard to wean them away from crime by persuading them to learn a trade instead.
▪ She had joined a world-famous company, learning her trade well until finally starting her own business.
▪ He has always played at being the happiest guy on earth, because he learned that the first trade is the hardest.
▪ Graham knows his defender should be learning his trade by the occasional appearance in a winning team to breed confidence.
▪ I started to learn a trade so many times, and never finished.
▪ The comments that follow are intended to help in learning to identify and reject unusable answers.
▪ Your goal is to help your child learn to take charge herself.
▪ The society, a national charity, aims to help people with learning difficulties reach their full potential.
▪ It also helped her to learn about, give a name to, and normalize this postpartum condition.
▪ Poetry can help children to learn about themselves, about the world around them and about their relationship to the world.
▪ To help him learn to regulate his motor system, games that combine slow and fast movements work well.
▪ Gradually the parent is helped to learn how to play with, talk to, and enjoy their child.
▪ Men too may need to learn to delegate duties both at work and at home.
▪ They needed a mighty wake-up call as much as they needed to learn the parts of speech.
▪ That is what we need to learn from sects.
▪ None of the current network models discussed in this book incorporates all of the properties needed true for autonomous learning.
▪ Mme Deloche taught me the basics I needed to learn.
▪ Still, you can experience a lot of the fun of guitar playing without all the work needed to learn how.
▪ To do this, you will need to learn a technique called scribing.
▪ It is intended to offer the under-standing that parents and caregivers need to learn from, and help, their challenging children.
▪ He seemed surprised to learn that Sir John Lawrence was still in place.
▪ She was quite surprised to learn the gadgets were on sale that week at $ 49. 95, batteries not included.
▪ It wouldn't even surprise me to learn that you set it up!
▪ He was surprised to learn they were plainclothes Jerusalem city police officers.
▪ It didn't surprise her to learn that he was extremely knowledgeable where his subject was concerned.
▪ I was prepared to find lots on him but am surprised and gratified to learn of her existence.
▪ At least one dancer was surprised to learn that Alvin had a brother, so secretive was he about his life.
▪ Women are often surprised to learn that we have benefited from affirmative action programs.
▪ Here we see technology really used to improve teaching and learning.
▪ This type of knowledge can neither be taught nor learned.
▪ By the simple act of hiding the desk something is clearly said about teaching and learning.
▪ This, combined with lively illustrations, provides material that is easy to teach and fun to learn.
▪ To many, the distinction between rote memorization and understanding is unclear and leads to confused teaching and learning.
▪ Such formalities as this are easily taught and can even be fun to teach and learn.
▪ These three steps can begin to break down even the largest schools into more genuine teaching and learning communities.
▪ I want to learn how to repair shoes.
▪ Grammar, reading, dictation, and conversation. l want to learn a minimum of twenty-five words a day.
▪ A child's education - they would teach it things I didn't want it to learn, at school.
▪ For climbers who want to learn, no local outfitter can legally teach them.
▪ Only I do want to learn.
▪ But you will wait in vain if you want to learn anything more detailed about tornadoes, floods, hurricanes or blizzards.
▪ We do not want to learn that.
▪ Now he has her wanting to learn how to tat lace.
independent study/learning
▪ Councillors will discuss the possibility of funding an independent study into the mine's viability.
▪ In the spring semester Gordon taught two seminars and took on more than a dozen students for independent study projects.
▪ It will make provision for mixed-ability groups much easier to organise, and encourage independent study.
▪ Other recent examples of comparative studies are those of Lowe - independent study modules and lecture tours, in 1981.
▪ The course manual can be used for independent study.
▪ The increased use of independent learning at higher levels within the pathway is reflected in the assessment pattern within the modules.
▪ Two independent studies since the 1968 election confirm the trend.
▪ Would you like to do this as an independent study?
know/find out/learn etc sth to your cost
learn/be taught sth at your mother's knee
learned books/works etc
my learned friend
seat of learning
▪ It would be sad if our own seats of learning were behind-hand in this confusion.
▪ Leave this seat of learning and you come into the newly renamed Marianské Square.
▪ She spoke of Oxford, that ancient seat of learning, to which universities all over the world still looked for example.
you live and learn
▪ As an actor, she always had trouble learning her lines.
▪ Before you sail, you need to learn about basic boat controls.
▪ By sharing their problems, sufferers of the disease learn to cope with the symptoms.
▪ Dad taught us a Sanskrit prayer, and we had to learn it off by heart and say it every day.
▪ Do you think you can learn this tune for Friday's performance?
▪ Gradually, I learned to trust her.
▪ Have you learned anything from the experience?
▪ He felt that his son needed to learn some hard lessons about life.
▪ His daughter's learning to drive.
▪ How long did it take you to learn how to do this?
▪ How long have you been learning German?
▪ I'm going to try to learn 12 new words each week.
▪ I've been trying to learn my lines, but I haven't gotten very far.
▪ I doubt if we will ever learn the truth.
▪ I had learnt that as a woman, if your talents are ignored at work, you must be assertive.
▪ I soon learned that it was best to keep quiet.
▪ If you have a good memory you can learn things by rote, but can you apply it in practice?
▪ Never lend money to your friends - that's something I learnt the hard way.
▪ On this course, you will learn how to deal with communication problems.
▪ Our children attend the group twice a week to learn about Sikhism.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Learn \Learn\, v. i. To acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to receive information or instruction; as, this child learns quickly.

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me.
--Matt. xi. 29.

To learn by heart. See By heart, under Heart.

To learn by rote, to memorize by repetition without exercise of the understanding.


Learn \Learn\ (l[~e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Learned (l[~e]rnd), or Learnt (l[~e]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Learning.] [OE. lernen, leornen, AS. leornian; akin to OS. lin[=o]n, for lirn[=o]n, OHG. lirn[=e]n, lern[=e]n, G. lernen, fr. the root of AS. l[=ae]ran to teach, OS. l[=e]rian, OHG. l[=e]ran, G. lehren, Goth. laisjan, also Goth lais I know, leis acquainted (in comp.); all prob. from a root meaning, to go, go over, and hence, to learn; cf. AS. leoran to go. Cf. Last a mold of the foot, lore.]

  1. To gain knowledge or information of; to ascertain by inquiry, study, or investigation; to receive instruction concerning; to fix in the mind; to acquire understanding of, or skill; as, to learn the way; to learn a lesson; to learn dancing; to learn to skate; to learn the violin; to learn the truth about something. ``Learn to do well.''
    --Is. i. 17.

    Now learn a parable of the fig tree.
    --Matt. xxiv. 3

  2. 2. To communicate knowledge to; to teach. [Obs.]

    Hast thou not learned me how To make perfumes ?

    Note: Learn formerly had also the sense of teach, in accordance with the analogy of the French and other languages, and hence we find it with this sense in Shakespeare, Spenser, and other old writers. This usage has now passed away. To learn is to receive instruction, and to teach is to give instruction. He who is taught learns, not he who teaches.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English leornian "to get knowledge, be cultivated, study, read, think about," from Proto-Germanic *liznojan (cognates: Old Frisian lernia, Middle Dutch leeren, Dutch leren, Old High German lernen, German lernen "to learn," Gothic lais "I know"), with a base sense of "to follow or find the track," from PIE *leis- (1) "track, furrow." Related to German Gleis "track," and to Old English læst "sole of the foot" (see last (n.)).\n

\nThe transitive sense (He learned me how to read), now vulgar, was acceptable from c.1200 until early 19c., from Old English læran "to teach" (cognates: Dutch leren, German lehren "to teach," literally "to make known;" see lore), and is preserved in past participle adjective learned "having knowledge gained by study." Related: Learning.


Etymology 1 vb. 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. 4 To be studying. 5 To come to know; to become informed of; to find out. Etymology 2

vb. (label en now only in slang and dialects) To teach.

  1. v. acquire or gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate" [syn: larn, acquire]

  2. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted" [syn: hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see]

  3. commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?" [syn: memorize, memorise, con]

  4. be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam" [syn: study, read, take]

  5. impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat" [syn: teach, instruct]

  6. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time" [syn: determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch]

  7. [also: learnt]


LEARN may refer to:

  • Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network, a website run by the Anti-Defamation League
  • LEARN diet, a brand name diet product
Learn (disambiguation)

Learning is the act of acquiring knowledge.

Learn may also refer to:

  • Ed Learn (born 1937), Canadian football defensive back
  • Learn: The Songs of Phil Ochs, a 2006 folk album
  •, a software company

Usage examples of "learn".

Anne learned a great deal about Jackie and her background, but the stories her biological mother told changed continually.

December 2003wrote another aardwolf reporting on the deadly conditions in Iraq, his political allegiances were quickly questioned by the White House, CIA officials later learned.

She learned from Abney that his lordship was in the library, and went there immediately.

He plans to stay another month so that he might learn all he can about the new brewery, though he has learned that Abraham is more than competent to see to its completion and seems anxious to be allowed to do so.

Emily gazed at the mythical goddess above her head, recalling the story of Diana and Actaeon, the arrogant young hunter who learned his lesson at the hands of the goddess.

Otis, a protege of Gridley, had been for Adams the shining example of the lawyer-scholar, learned yet powerful in argument.

As for his initial concern that the rigors of Congress might be too much for someone of such delicate appearance, Adams had learned better.

But with the doctor serving as interpreter, Adams learned to his astonishment that as a consequence of the American triumph at Saratoga, France and the United States had already agreed to an alliance.

Versailles, expressed dismay that Adams understood nothing he said, but politely remarked that he hoped Adams would remain long enough in France to learn French perfectly.

On August 24, with the arrival of a packet of letters from Congress sent on by Franklin from Paris, Adams learned that his commission as peacemaker had been revoked and a new commission established.

Much had already transpired, as Adams learned from meetings with John Jay and a young American merchant named Matthew Ridley, whom Adams had met earlier in Holland and who, though he had no official role, seemed to know all that was going on.

When Jefferson learned that Adams was again to collaborate with Franklin at Paris, he was incredulous and in a coded letter to Madison offered a private view of Adams that was anything but an unqualified endorsement.

To make matters worse, Adams learned of further French seizures of American ships in the Caribbean and that by decrees issued in Paris, the Directory had, in effect, launched an undeclared war on American shipping everywhere.

Sally, who with her two small daughters was staying with Nabby, Adams learned for the first time that Charles, who had disappeared, was bankrupt, faithless, and an alcoholic.

When, a few weeks later, she learned that the baby had been named George Washington Adams, rather than John, she was not pleased.