learn
Pronunciation Verb

learn (learns, present participle learning; past and past participle learned)

  1. To acquire, or attempt to acquire knowledge or an ability to do something.
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20171014193917/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-6-where-is-the-gym/3225958.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Every day I learn more about this great city.
  2. To attend a course or other educational activity.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      For, as he took delight to introduce me, I took delight to learn.
  3. To gain knowledge from a bad experience so as to improve.
    learn from one's mistakes
  4. To study or to be studying.
    I learn medicine.
    They learn psychology.
  5. To come to know; to become informed of; to find out.
    He just learned that he will be sacked.
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learn (learns, present participle learning; past and past participle learned)

  1. (now only in non-standard speech and dialects) To teach.
    Give him a clip round the ear. That'll learn him!
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:10.9?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter ix], in Le Morte Darthur, book VIII:
      And whan she had serched hym / she fond in the bottome of his wound that therin was poyson / And soo she heled hym […] / and therfore Tramtrist cast grete loue to la beale Isoud / for she was at that tyme the fairest mayde and lady of the worlde / And there Tramtryst lerned her to harpe / and she beganne to haue grete fantasye vnto hym
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      Sweet prince, you learn me noble thankfulness.
    • circa 1611, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act I Scene 5:
      Have I not been / Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn’d me how / To make perfumes?
    • 1993, The Simpsons, (18 Feb. 1993) [https://web.archive.org/web/20100808014927/http://www.snpp.com/guides/brainspeaks.html Lisa's thoughts]:
      That'll learn him to bust my tomater.
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