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[lur-ner] /ˈlɜr nər/
a person who is learning; student; pupil; apprentice; trainee.
Origin of learner
before 1000; Middle English lerner(e), Old English leornere; see learn, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A disciple is a learner, one who is receiving instruction because of a sincere desire in him to know the truth.

  • No; but I may be able to teach it all the better from feeling the difficulties of a learner myself.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • According to Aristotle, however, Periander was the teacher of this lesson, not the learner.

    Greece J.A. McClymont
  • The matter and style of the reading-book should be adapted to the capacity and taste of the learner.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • With this instrument you have a learner's set as well as one that can be used to send messages to another station.

    How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
  • A healthy child is instinctively in the position of a learner.

  • I glode: or the others must be so in teaching the learner to imagine two aorists for εὑρίσκω, as, aor.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • It constantly seemed to me as if the bird was a learner and had not yet mastered his art.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • I have no sympathy with that philosophy of education which approves the placing of artificial barriers in the learner's path.

    Craftsmanship in Teaching William Chandler Bagley
British Dictionary definitions for learner


someone who is learning something; beginner
(in South Africa) a school pupil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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