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v. learned (lɜrnd) or learnt, learn•ing. v.t.
When you learn something, you obtain knowledge or a skill as a result of studying or training.
The past tense and -ed participle of learn can be either learned or learnt. However, learnt is rarely used in American English.
Don't say that you 'learn someone something' or 'learn someone how to do something.' The word you use is teach.
You can use learn to say that someone becomes wiser or becomes better at doing something as the result of an experience.
You say that someone learns something from an experience.
Don't use any preposition except from in a sentence like this.
Learn can also be used to say that someone receives some information. After learn, you use of and a noun phrase, or you use a that-clause.
Past participle: learned/learnt
|Verb||1.||learn - gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"|
relearn - learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it; "After the accident, he could not walk for months and had to relearn how to walk down stairs"
catch up - learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened; "I'm trying to catch up with the latest developments in molecular biology"
assimilate, ingest, absorb, take in - take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
|2.||learn - 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"|
get the goods - discover some bad or hidden information about; "She got the goods on her co-worker after reading his e-mail"
wise up - get wise to; "They wised up to it"
ascertain - learn or discover with certainty
discover, find - make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
|3.||learn - commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"|
|4.||learn - be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam"|
audit - attend academic courses without getting credit
train, prepare - undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession; "She is training to be a teacher"; "He trained as a legal aid"
|5.||learn - impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"|
train, educate, prepare, develop - create by training and teaching; "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"
indoctrinate - teach doctrines to; teach uncritically; "The Moonies indoctrinate their disciples"
drill - teach by repetition
spoonfeed - teach without challenging the students; "This professor spoonfeeds his students"
induct - introduce or initiate; "The young geisha was inducted into the ways of her profession"
mentor - serve as a teacher or trusted counselor; "The famous professor mentored him during his years in graduate school"; "She is a fine lecturer but she doesn't like mentoring"
tutor - be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction; "She tutored me in Spanish"
unteach - cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier
unteach - cause to unlearn; "teach somebody to unlearn old habits or methods"
ground - instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
lecture, talk - deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
coach, train - teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports; "He is training our Olympic team"; "She is coaching the crew"
condition - establish a conditioned response
|6.||learn - 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"|
insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, check, assure, control, see - be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
ascertain, determine, find out, find - establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
test - determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
learn[lɜːn] (learned or learnt (pt, pp))
you can learn a lot by listening and thinking → se puede aprender mucho escuchando y pensando
I learnt a lot from her → aprendí mucho de ella
you must learn patience → tienes que aprender a tener paciencia
to learn (how) to do sth → aprender a hacer algo
to learn sth by heart → aprender(se) algo de memoria
to learn one's lesson → aprender la lección, escarmentar
see also line 1 A4
see also rope A
it's never too late to learn → nunca es tarde para aprender
he'll learn! → ¡un día aprenderá!, ¡ya aprenderá!
we are learning about the Romans → estamos estudiando los romanos
to learn from experience → aprender por experiencia
to learn from one's mistakes → aprender de los errores (cometidos)
learn[ˈlɜːrn] [learned or learnt] (pt, pp)
She's learning Japanese → Elle apprend le japonais.
to learn sth by heart → apprendre qch par cœur
We have to learn the whole poem by heart → Nous devons apprendre tout le poème par cœur.
to learn to do sth → apprendre à faire qch
I'm learning to ski → J'apprends à skier.
He learned to conceal his views → Il apprit à dissimuler ses opinions.
to learn how to do sth → apprendre à faire qch
to learn about sth (gen) → s'informer sur qch; (at school) → étudier qch
In history we're learning about the Russian revolution → En histoire, nous étudions la révolution russe.
What did you learn about at school today?
BUT Qu'est-ce que tu as appris de beau à l'école aujourd'hui?.
to learn from one's mistakes → tirer les leçons de ses erreurs
He has learned from his mistakes → Il a tiré les leçons de ses erreurs.
learnpret, ptp <learnt (Brit) or learned>
learn[lɜːn] (learned or learnt (pt, pp))
to learn (how) to do sth → imparare a fare qc
to learn that ... → apprendere che..., venire a sapere che...
we were sorry to learn that it was closing down → la notizia della chiusura ci ha fatto dispiacere
I think he's learnt his lesson (fig) → penso che gli sia servito di lezione
I've learnt from experience not to trust him → l'esperienza mi ha insegnato a non fidarmi di lui
you learn from your mistakes → sbagliando s'impara
you'll learn! → un giorno capirai!