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LEARN (learnt)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does learn mean? 

LEARN (verb)
  The verb LEARN has 6 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: LEARN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEARN (verb)


Sense 1learn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gain knowledge or skills

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

larn; learn; acquire

Context examples:

She learned dancing from her sister / I learned Sanskrit / Children acquire language at an amazing rate

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "learn"):

relearn (learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it)

catch up (learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened)

absorb; assimilate; ingest; take in (take up mentally)

hit the books; study (learn by reading books)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They learn to move


Sense 2learn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

get word; get wind; get a line; find out; hear; learn; discover; pick up; see

Context examples:

I learned that she has two grown-up children / I see that you have been promoted

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "learn"):

discover; find (make a discovery)

ascertain (learn or discover with certainty)

catch; trip up (detect a blunder or misstep)

wise up (get wise to)

get the goods (discover some bad or hidden information about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They learn that there was a traffic accident


Sense 3learn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Commit to memory; learn by heart

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

memorise; memorize; con; learn

Context example:

Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?

Hypernyms (to "learn" is one way to...):

hit the books; study (learn by reading books)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "learn"):

alternate; understudy (be an understudy or alternate for a role)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4learn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a student of a certain subject

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

learn; study; read; take

Context example:

She is reading for the bar exam

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "learn"):

drill; exercise; practice; practise (learn by repetition)

prepare; train (undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession)

audit (attend academic courses without getting credit)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5learn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impart skills or knowledge to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

instruct; teach; learn

Context examples:

I taught them French / He instructed me in building a boat

Hypernyms (to "learn" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Cause:

acquire; larn; learn (gain knowledge or skills)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "learn"):

unteach (cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier)

unteach (cause to unlearn)

ground (instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject)

lecture; talk (deliver a lecture or talk)

coach; train (teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports)

edify; enlighten (make understand)

condition (establish a conditioned response)

tutor (be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction)

mentor (serve as a teacher or trusted counselor)

induct (introduce or initiate)

spoonfeed (teach without challenging the students)

reinforce; reward (strengthen and support with rewards)

catechise; catechize (give religious instructions to)

drill (teach by repetition)

indoctrinate (teach doctrines to; teach uncritically)

develop; educate; prepare; train (create by training and teaching)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 6learn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

find out; ascertain; learn; watch; determine; see; check

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "learn"):

test (determine the presence or properties of (a substance))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They learn whether there was a traffic accident


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