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Example Sentences

Human beings tend to learn more from mistakes than successes, they say, and this year, we are learning a ton.

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If you are interested in learning more—for yourself or your executives—please go here, or shoot me a note.

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The plan was simple—meet Bill McShae in rural Pennsylvania and learn how to trap star-nosed moles.

I awoke to learn that more than 1,800 buildings were reduced to ashes, less than 35 miles from where I slept.

They were not without merit, though, because with each rejection she learned a little more.

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That officer fretting about his “stance,” we learn, is plagued by PTSD that cripples him both on the job and at home.

If nobody on the outside will send Teresa money, should she learn a prison hustle?

Such errors are important because generations of young students now learn American history through film.

In his preface, Solomon suggests that other movements can learn from this one.

He returned home to learn that his 9-year-old son had been awakened in the night by a terrible dream.

It may be fifty or a hundred centuries since men, although they were fully grown up, still went on trying to learn.

Since we are to learn by thinking we must at the outset learn the definition of the three Laws of Thinking.

If one has thoughts to express, it is possible to learn very soon some method of construction.

If they had only been able to learn from the licentiate Alcaraz, who was experienced and very prudent!

When, however, you learn by rote you know the task as you learned it, and not in the reverse way.


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When To Use

What are other ways to say learn?

To learn is to add to one’s knowledge or information: to learn a language. To ascertain is to verify facts by inquiry or analysis: to ascertain the truth about an event. To detect implies becoming aware of something that had been obscure, secret, or concealed: to detect a flaw in reasoning. The verb discover is used with objective clauses as a synonym of learn in order to suggest that the new information acquired is surprising to the learner: I discovered that she had been married before.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for learn?

To learn is to acquire knowledge of something through study and/or experience. The process of acquiring knowledge is called learning.

To learn a subject or topic is to gain understanding of it—to grasp it. To learn a skill is to become proficient in it (and perhaps eventually to master it).

In many cases, learning is the result of teaching. But learning isn’t always formal, like that done in school. We often learn things by teaching ourselves. Learning often involves working to understand something, but sometimes it happens almost automatically. The informal term pick up is sometimes used in the context of acquiring knowledge or skills in this way, such as through immersion, as in I picked up Italian when I spent two semesters in Rome.

Another sense of learn (used in phrases like learn of and learn about) means to become or be made aware of something. This often involves hearing about or being informed about something, but sometimes it is more active. Synonyms for the more active sense include ascertain, detect, and discover.

What is another word for eager to learn?

Someone who is eager to learn often has a thirst for knowledge. Such a person is often inherently curious. Students who are eager to learn are often studious. A more general term is enthusiastic.

What is another word for a quick learner?

A quick or fast learner could be described as a quick study. You could describe such a person as having a quick mind or a ready grasp of something or, more informally, as having a mind like a sponge. Such a person could also be described as perceptive.

Is it learnt or learned?

Learned and learnt are both past tense forms of learn, but learned is far more common, especially in everyday speech.

On this page you'll find 114 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to learn, such as: determine, enroll, gain, get, grasp, and master.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.