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Meaning of “learn” in the English Dictionary

"learn" in British English

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learnverb

uk   /lɜːn/  us   /lɝːn/ (learned or UK also learnt, learned or UK also learnt)
A1 [I or T] to get ​knowledge or ​skill in a new ​subject or ​activity: They learn ​Russian at ​school. "Can you ​drive?" "I'm learning." I've learned a lot aboutcomputers since I ​startedwork here. [+ to infinitive] I'm learning toplay the ​piano. [+ question word + to infinitive] First you'll learn (how) to use this ​machine.B1 [T] to make yourself ​remember a ​piece of writing by ​reading it or ​repeating it many ​times: I don't ​know how ​actorsmanage to learn all those ​lines. We were told to learn Portia's ​speech by ​heart (= be ​able to say it from ​memory) for ​homework.B2 [I or T] to ​start to ​understand that you must ​change the way you ​behave: She'll have to learn that she can't have everything she ​wants. She ​soon learned not tocontradict him. He's not ​afraid to learn from his ​mistakes.B1 [I or T] to be told ​facts or ​information that you did not ​know: We were all ​shocked to learn of his ​death. [+ (that)] I ​later learned (that) the ​message had never ​arrived. I only learned about the ​accidentlater.

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(Definition of learn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"learn" in American English

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learnverb [I/T]

 us   /lɜrn/
to get ​knowledge or ​understanding of ​facts or ​ideas or of how to do things: [T] We’re learning ​algebra. [I] He’s not much of a ​cook, but he’s learning. [I] Parents learned of the ​budgetcuts in a ​letter from the ​schoolsuperintendent. [I] I ​hope you’ll learn from ​yourmistakes . [+ to infinitive] I learned to ​drive when I was 16. [+ question word] First you must learn how to use this ​computer.
learner
noun [C]  us   /ˈlɜr·nər/
a ​fast/​slow learner
(Definition of learn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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