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English verb: learn

1. learn (cognition) gain knowledge or skills


SamplesShe learned dancing from her sister.
I learned Sanskrit.
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.


ExamplesThey learn to move


Synonymsacquire, larn


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)absorb, assimilate, catch up, hit the books, ingest, relearn, study, take in

2. learn (cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally


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


ExamplesThey learn that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsdiscover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, pick up, see


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Narrower (hyponym)ascertain, catch, discover, find, get the goods, trip up, wise up


Verb groupfind, see, witness

3. learn (cognition) commit to memory; learn by heart


SamplesHave you memorized your lines for the play yet?.


Synonymscon, memorise, memorize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hit the books, study


Narrower (hyponym)alternate, understudy

4. learn (cognition) be a student of a certain subject


SamplesShe is reading for the bar exam.


Synonymsread, study, take


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)audit, drill, exercise, practice, practise, prepare, train

5. learn (communication) impart skills or knowledge to


SamplesI taught them French.
He instructed me in building a boat.


Synonymsinstruct, teach


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)inform


Narrower (hyponym)catechise, catechize, coach, condition, develop, drill, edify, educate, enlighten, ground, indoctrinate, induct, lecture, mentor, prepare, reinforce, reward, spoonfeed, talk, train, train, tutor, unteach, unteach


Causeacquire, larn, learn

6. learn (communication) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort


SamplesI want to see whether she speaks French.
See whether it works.
Find out if he speaks Russian.
Check whether the train leaves on time.


ExamplesThey learn whether there was a traffic accident


Synonymsascertain, check, determine, find out, see, watch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)test


Verb groupascertain, ascertain, assure, check, control, determine, ensure, find, find out, insure, see, see to it









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