learn S1 W1 past tense and past participle learned or learnt especially British English
to gain knowledge of a subject or skill, by experience, by studying it, or by being taught [↪ teach]: ! Do not say that you 'learn someone something' or 'learn someone how to do something'. Use teach: I taught him how to send an e-mail.
subject/skill[intransitive and transitive]
What's the best way to learn a language?
learn (how) to do something
I learnt to drive when I was 17.
Hector spent the winter learning how to cope with his blindness.
The teacher's task is to help the pupil learn.
learn (something) from somebody
I learned a lot from my father.
Kids can have fun and learn about music at the same time.
Youngsters must learn what is dangerous and what is not to be feared.
The student will learn from experience about the importance of planning.
to find out information or news by hearing it from someone else or reading it [= discover]:
find out[intransitive and transitive] formal
I didn't tell her the truth. She would learn it for herself soon enough.
He learned about his appointment by telephone yesterday.
Last week I learned that I was pregnant.
She was surprised to learn that he was a lot older than she had thought.
I waited to learn whether I'd secured a college place.
We have yet to learn who will be the new manager.
to get to know something so well that you can easily remember it [= memorize]:
The actors hardly had time to learn their lines before filming started.
to gradually understand a situation and start behaving in the way that you should
change your behaviour[intransitive and transitive]
They have to learn that they can't just do whatever they like.
learn to do something
Young hairdressers must learn to treat the client as a person, not a head of hair.
I've told him a hundred times not to bully people, but he never learns.
the lessons learned in the Gulf War
used to say that someone will not do something wrong or stupid again, because they suffered as a result:
I've learned my lesson; I've now got a burglar alarm and a guard dog.
to understand a situation or develop a skill by learning from your mistakes and bad experiences
used when something bad has just happened to someone as a result of their actions, especially when they ignored a warning