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Definitions and Synonyms of learn | Another word for learn | What is learn?

Definition 1: gain knowledge or skills - [verb of cognition]

Samples where learn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for learn in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of learn ) 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"

(... is a kind of learn ) learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened

"I'm trying to catch up with the latest developments in molecular biology"

(... is a kind of learn ) take up mentally

"he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

(... is a kind of learn ) learn by reading books

"He is studying geology in his room" "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books now"

Definition 2: get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally - [verb of cognition]

Samples where learn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for learn in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of learn ) discover some bad or hidden information about

"She got the goods on her co-worker after reading his e-mail"

(... is a kind of learn ) get wise to

"They wised up to it"

(... is a kind of learn ) detect a blunder or misstep

"The reporter tripped up the senator"

(... is a kind of learn ) learn or discover with certainty

(... is a kind of learn ) make a discovery

"She found that he had lied to her" "The story is false, so far as I can discover"

(learn has a similar meaning as ...) perceive or be contemporaneous with

"We found Republicans winning the offices" "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school" "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions" "I want to see results"

Definition 3: be a student of a certain subject - [verb of cognition]

Samples where learn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She is reading for the bar exam

Synonyms for learn in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of learn ) attend academic courses without getting credit

(... is a kind of learn ) 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"

(... is a kind of learn ) learn by repetition

"We drilled French verbs every day" "Pianists practice scales"

Definition 4: commit to memory; learn by heart - [verb of cognition]

Samples where learn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?

Synonyms for learn in the sense of this definition

(learn is a kind of ...) learn by reading books

"He is studying geology in his room" "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books now"

(... is a kind of learn ) be an understudy or alternate for a role

Definition 5: impart skills or knowledge to - [verb of communication]

Samples where learn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for learn in the sense of this definition

(learn is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

(... is a kind of learn ) establish a conditioned response

(... is a kind of learn ) make understand

"Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"

(... is a kind of learn ) 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"

(... is a kind of learn ) deliver a lecture or talk

"She will talk at Rutgers next week" "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"

(... is a kind of learn ) instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject

(... is a kind of learn ) cause to unlearn

"teach somebody to unlearn old habits or methods"

(... is a kind of learn ) cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier

(... is a kind of learn ) be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction

"She tutored me in Spanish"

(... is a kind of learn ) 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"

(... is a kind of learn ) introduce or initiate

"The young geisha was inducted into the ways of her profession"

(... is a kind of learn ) teach without challenging the students

"This professor spoonfeeds his students"

(... is a kind of learn ) strengthen and support with rewards

"Let's reinforce good behavior"

(... is a kind of learn ) give religious instructions to

(... is a kind of learn ) teach by repetition

(... is a kind of learn ) teach doctrines to; teach uncritically

"The Moonies indoctrinate their disciples"

(... is a kind of learn ) create by training and teaching

"The old master is training world-class violinists" "we develop the leaders for the future"

(learn causes ...) gain knowledge or skills

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

Definition 6: find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort - [verb of communication]

Samples where learn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for learn in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of learn ) determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

(learn has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(learn has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

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