before 900; Middle English lernen, Old English leornian
to learn, read, ponder (cognate with German lernen
); akin to lesan
to glean (cognate with German lesen
to read). See lear
learnable, adjectivemislearn, verb, mislearned or mislearnt, mislearning.outlearn, verb (used with object), outlearned or outlearnt, outlearning.relearn, verb, relearned or relearnt, relearning.
Can be confused
1. Learn, ascertain, detect, discover
imply adding to one's store of facts. To learn
is to add to one's knowledge or information: to learn a language.
is to verify facts by inquiry or analysis: to ascertain the truth about an event.
implies becoming aware of something that had been obscure, secret, or concealed: to detect a flaw in reasoning.
is used with objective clauses as a synonym of learn
in order to suggest that the new information acquired is surprising to the learner: I discovered that she had been married before.