learning meaning

[ 'lə:niŋ ] Pronunciation:   "learning" in a sentence
Noun: learning  lurning
  1. The cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
    - acquisition 
  2. Profound scholarly knowledge
    - eruditeness, erudition, learnedness, scholarship, encyclopedism, encyclopaedism [Brit]
Verb: learn (learned, also learnt)  lurn
  1. Gain knowledge or skills
    "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"
    - larn, acquire 
  2. Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    "I learned that she has two grown-up children"
    - hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see 
  3. Commit to memory; learn by heart
    - memorize, memorise [Brit], con 
  4. Be a student of a certain subject
    - study, read, take 
  5. Impart skills or knowledge to
    - teach, instruct 
  6. Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    - determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch

Derived forms: learnings

See also: learner

Type of: basic cognitive process, education, hit the books, inform, study

Encyclopedia: Learn


AmE / noun [U]


the process of learning sth:

computer-assisted learning

The ability of an artificially intelligent machine to improve or expand its knowledge with time. This can occur as a result of accumulation of information; it can also occur in systems that track their errors to avoid repeating them.

Relatively permanent change in behavior that is the result of past experience or practice. The concept includes the acquisition of knowledge.n : the process of acquiring a modification in a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning) in contrast to modifications occurring because of development or a temporary physiological condition (as fatigue) of the organism; also : the modified behavioral tendency itself

<jargon> A graph showing some measure of the cost of performing some action against the number of times it has been performed. The term probably entered engineering via the aircraft industry in the 1930s, where it was used to describe plots showing the cost of making some particular design of aeroplane against the number of units made.

The term is also used in psychology to mean a graph showing some measure of something learned against the number of trials. The psychology graphs normally slope upward whereas the manufacturing ones normally slope downward but they are both usually steep to start with and then level out.

Marketroids often misuse the term to mean the amount of time it takes to learn to use something ("reduce the learning curve") or the ease of learning it ("easy learning curve"). The phrase "steep learning curve" is sometimes used incorrectly to mean "hard to learn" whereas of course it implies rapid learning.


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  1. a little learning is a dangerous thing.
  2. his learning was of no use to him at all.
  3. the boy was coerced into learning to dance.
  4. i've been learning what's going on.
  5. is she serious about learning to be a pilot?

Related Words

  1. learnedness meaning
  2. learner meaning
  3. learner's dictionary meaning
  4. learner's permit meaning
  5. learner-friendly meaning
  6. learning ability meaning
  7. learning by doing meaning
  8. learning curve meaning
  9. learning difficulty meaning
  10. learning disabilities meaning
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