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learned Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb gain knowledge or skills
    acquire; larn; learn.
    • She learned dancing from her sister
    • I learned Sanskrit
    • Children acquire language at an amazing rate
  2. verb get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    pick up; get a line; discover; see; hear; learn; find out; get wind; get word.
    • I learned that she has two grown-up children
    • I see that you have been promoted
  3. verb commit to memory; learn by heart
    learn; memorise; memorize; con.
    • Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?
  4. verb be a student of a certain subject
    read; study; take; learn.
    • She is reading for the bar exam
  5. verb impart skills or knowledge to
    teach; instruct; learn.
    • I taught them French
    • He instructed me in building a boat
  6. verb find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    learn; watch; see; determine; ascertain; find out; check.
    • 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
  7. adjective satellite having or showing profound knowledge
    • a learned jurist
    • an erudite professor
  8. adjective satellite highly educated; having extensive information or understanding
    knowing; knowledgeable; lettered; well-read; well-educated.
    • knowing instructors
    • a knowledgeable critic
    • a knowledgeable audience
  9. adjective established by conditioning or learning
    • a conditioned response

Learn"ed adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to learning; possessing, or characterized by, learning, esp. scholastic learning; erudite; well-informed; as, a learned scholar, writer, or lawyer; a learned book; a learned theory.
    The learnedlover lost no time. Spenser.
    Men of much reading are greatly learned, but may be little knowing. Locke.
    Words of learned length and thundering sound. Goldsmith.
    -- Learn"ed*ly, adv. Learn"ed*ness, n.
    Every coxcomb swears as learnedly as they. Swift.

Webster 1913