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learn (verb), learns; learned; learning
1. To acquire, or to gain, knowledge of a subject or skill through education or experience: People should keep learning throughout their lives, even after retirement and into old age.
2. To ascertain information, or techniques, by inquiry, research, or investigation: The fitness trainer showed Trina and Charles how they can learn more about taking better care of their bodies with regular exercise.
3. To receive instruction concerning a subject that can be fixed in the mind: Sherry had a daily routine with a retired teacher of Russian who helped her learn the Russian language by practicing her speaking with more accurate pronunciations and by increasing her vocabulary skills.
4. To acquire an understanding or a skill: Peter was learning how to dance, to skate, to play the violin, and to study his academic subjects at the university. His schedule was full!
5. To gain knowledge by rote; that is, to memorize by repetition without necessarily exercising one's understanding: Tonia has a hobby and is learning numerous poems by memory.
6. Etymology: from Old English lernen, leornen; "to get knowledge, to be cultivated"; from Anglo-Saxon leornian; from the root of Anglo-Saxon lran, "to teach".

Historically, there is a distinction between learning and "teaching"

Old English "leornian", the ancestor of our current learn, meant "to learn" or "to study", never "to teach"; however, during the Middle English period, the word came to be used in the last sense as well.

Shakespeare wrote, "A thousand more mischances than this one have learn'd me how to brook this patiently" in his Two Gentlemen of Verona. It was with the prescriptivism of the eighteenth century that this use of the word came to be frowned upon.

Samuel Johnson, in his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), could not, with the example of such respectable authors as Spenser and Shakespeare before him, call this usage "wrong"; instead he wrote, "This sense is now obsolete." Since that time, however, grammarians have not hesitated to brand it "illiterate"; so, it is now considered unacceptable English to say, "No one ever learned me how to talk right."

—Information for this historical background comes from
Webster's Word Histories; Merriam-Webster, Inc., Publishers;
Springfield, Massachusetts; 1989; page 270.
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learning (s) (noun), learnings (pl) (usually singular)
1. Acquiring perception, abilities, or skills in subjects or fields of information that are taught or individually acquired: In the classroom, the students had computer programs that made learning easier and more fun.
2. Gaining information about topics that a person can achieve by involvement or studying and which is either in a person's mind or is generally comprehended by people: Jodie and Lea were characterized as having a very good education and achieving more learning as a result of their efforts to expand their understanding of scientific subjects.

Learning consists of information acquired by some people for the sake of knowing it, and by others for the sake of telling it.

—Evan Esar
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learning (adjective), more learning, most learning
1. Gaining comprehension or a mastery of anything through observations, adventures or study: While attending the university, Mildred had many learning experiences.
2. A reference to fixing in the mind or in one's memory: Frieda's learning skills have improved considerably over the years.
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learning curve (s) (noun), learning curves (pl)
The rate at which a person mentally acquires new knowledge or the skills developed during a training program: This subject in physics has a steep learning curve and there are many other learning curves that will need to be overcome.
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learning disability (s) (noun), learning disabilities (pl)
Certain kinds of mental conditions that make the understanding of certain kinds of information very difficult to acquire: Pupils with learning disabilities often need special teaching techniques or classes so they can have greater success with their educational experiences.
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