Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
leornian; akin to OS.
lernen, fr. the root of AS.
lǣranto teach, OS.
laisjan, also Goth
leisacquainted (in comp.); all prob. from a root meaning, to go, go over, and hence, to learn; cf. AS.
leoranto go. Cf.
Lasta mold of the foot,
To gain knowledge or information of; to ascertain by inquiry, study, or investigation; to receive instruction concerning; to fix in the mind; to acquire understanding of, or skill;“Learn to do well.”
learnthe way; to
learna lesson; to
learnto skate; to
learnthe violin; to
learnthe truth about something.
Is. i. 17.
learna parable of the fig tree.
Matt. xxiv. 32.
To communicate knowledge to; to teach.
Hast thou not
To make perfumes ?
To make perfumes ?
☞ Learn formerly had also the sense of teach, in accordance with the analogy of the French and other languages, and hence we find it with this sense in Shakespeare, Spenser, and other old writers. This usage has now passed away. To learn is to receive instruction, and to teach is to give instruction. He who is taught learns, not he who teaches.
To acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to receive information or instruction;
as, this child.
Take my yoke upon you and
Matt. xi. 29.
To learn by heart.
By heart, under
To learn by rote,
to memorize by repetition without exercise of the understanding.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To gain knowledge of; to acquire knowledge or ideas of something before unknown. We learn the use of letters, the meaning of words and the principles of science. We learn things by instruction, by study, and by experience and observation. It is much easier to learn what is right, than to unlearn what is wrong.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree. Matt. 24.
2.To acquire skill in any thing; to gain by practice a faculty of performing; as, to learn to play on a flute or an organ.
The chief art of learning is to attempt but little at a time.
3.To teach; to communicate the knowledge of something before unknown.
Hast thou not learned me how to make perfumes?
[This use of learn, is found in respectable writers, but is now deemed inelegant as well as improper.
1.To gain or receive knowledge; to receive instruction; to take pattern; with of.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly - Matt. 11.
2.To receive information or intelligence.