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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English leornian (to acquire knowledge)

Verb

Infinitive
to learn

Third person singular
learns

Simple past
learned or learnt

Past participle
-

Present participle
learning

to learn (third-person singular simple present learns, present participle learning, simple past and past participle learned or learnt)
  1. To acquire, or attempt to acquire knowledge or an ability to do something.
  2. To attend a course or other educational activity.
  3. To make use of a bad experience.
  4. To improve, maybe used in an order.
    Learn how to do it better!
  5. To be studying.
  6. To come to know; to become informed of; to find out.
    He just learned that he will be sacked.
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History

In some regions there are people who do not distinguish between learn and teach. It is a fairly recent distinction. As recently as the 18th century it was acceptable to say The teacher learned the students their lessons. Then for no understood reason learn in the sense of teach discontinued in all but the south of the United States, where it is still in use today.

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Etymology 2

From Old English læran (to teach)

Verb

Infinitive
to learn

Third person singular
learns

Simple past
learned or learnt

Past participle
-

Present participle
learning

to learn (third-person singular simple present learns, present participle learning, simple past and past participle learned or learnt)
  1. To teach.
Usage notes
  • Formerly a correct usage, through the 19th century.
  • No longer considered correct in standard English.
  • Sometimes used in dialects.
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