Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To gain knowledge, comprehension, or mastery of through experience or study.
  • transitive v. To fix in the mind or memory; memorize: learned the speech in a few hours.
  • transitive v. To acquire experience of or an ability or a skill in: learn tolerance; learned how to whistle.
  • transitive v. To become aware: learned that it was best not to argue.
  • transitive v. To become informed of; find out. See Synonyms at discover.
  • transitive v. Nonstandard To cause to acquire knowledge; teach.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To give information to.
  • intransitive v. To gain knowledge, information, comprehension, or skill: learns quickly; learned about computers; learned of the job through friends.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To acquire, or attempt to acquire knowledge or an ability to do something.
  • v. To attend a course or other educational activity.
  • v. To make use of a bad experience.
  • v. To improve, maybe used in an order.
  • v. To be studying.
  • v. To come to know; to become informed of; to find out.
  • v. To teach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to receive information or instruction.
  • transitive v. 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
  • transitive v. To communicate knowledge to; to teach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in; become informed of or acquainted with: as, to learn grammar; to learn the truth.
  • To teach.
  • To acquire or receive knowledge, information, or intelligence; receive instruction; profit from teaching: as, to learn how to act; the child learns rapidly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
  • v. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
  • v. impart skills or knowledge to
  • v. gain knowledge or skills
  • v. commit to memory; learn by heart
  • v. be a student of a certain subject

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English lernen, from Old English leornian; see leis-1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English lernen, from Old English leornian ("to acquire knowledge"). Compare German lernen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English læran ("to teach"). Compare German lehren.

Examples

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  • A contranym: both to be taught or to teach. ("I'm gonna learn you!")

    May 15, 2008