learn Definition

  • 1to gain knowledge or skill in a subject through education or experience
  • 2to become aware of something or find out about something

Using learn: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "learn" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I want to learn how to play the guitar.

  • Example

    She learned French in school.

  • Example

    He learned from his mistakes.

  • Example

    I just learned that she got a promotion.

learn Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for learn

Idioms Using learn

  • it is difficult to teach someone new skills or to change someone's habits or behavior when they are set in their ways


    My grandfather refuses to use a computer. You know what they say, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

  • to learn something through personal experience, often involving difficulty or failure


    I didn't listen to my parents' advice and learned the hard way that staying up all night before an exam is a bad idea.

  • live and learn

    used to express acceptance of one's mistakes or failures as a learning experience


    I accidentally deleted my entire essay, but live and learn, I'll make sure to save it next time.

Phrases with learn

  • to memorize something


    I learned all the state capitals by heart.

  • to learn how to do a job or task properly


    It took me a while to learn the ropes at my new job.

  • to gain knowledge or understanding from past events or situations


    After failing the first time, I learned from experience and passed the test on my second try.

Origins of learn

from Old English 'leornian', meaning 'to get knowledge, be cultivated'


Summary: learn in Brief

The verb 'learn' [lɜːn] means to acquire knowledge or skill through education or experience, or to become aware of something. It is often used in phrases like 'learn by heart,' meaning to memorize something, and 'learn the ropes,' meaning to learn how to do a job properly. Idioms like 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks' and 'learn the hard way' reflect the challenges and lessons of learning.

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