Learning is the process of acquiring new, or modifying existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences. The ability to learn is possessed by humans, animals, and some machines; there is also evidence for some kind of learning in some plants. Some learning is immediate, induced by a single event (e.g. being burned by a hot stove), but much skill and knowledge accumulates from repeated experiences. The changes induced by learning often last a lifetime, and it is hard to distinguish learned material that seems to be "lost" from that which cannot be retrieved.Humans learn before birth and continue until death as a consequence of ongoing interactions between people and their environment. The nature and processes involved in learning are studied in many fields, including educational psychology, neuropsychology, experimental psychology, and pedagogy. Research in such fields has led to the identification of various sorts of learning. For example, learning may occur as a result of habituation, or classical conditioning, operant conditioning or as a result of more complex activities such as play, seen only in relatively intelligent animals. Learning may occur consciously or without conscious awareness. Learning that an aversive event can't be avoided nor escaped may result in a condition called learned helplessness. There is evidence for human behavioral learning prenatally, in which habituation has been observed as early as 32 weeks into gestation, indicating that the central nervous system is sufficiently developed and primed for learning and memory to occur very early on in development.Play has been approached by several theorists as the first form of learning. Children experiment with the world, learn the rules, and learn to interact through play. Lev Vygotsky agrees that play is pivotal for children's development, since they make meaning of their environment through playing educational games.
To acquire, or attempt to acquire knowledge or an ability to do something.
To attend a course or other educational activity.
To gain knowledge from a bad experience so as to improve.
"learn from one's mistakes"
To be studying.
To come to know; to become informed of; to find out.
"He just learned that he will be sacked."
"Give him a clip round the ear. That'll learn him!"
An act in which something is learned.
"The department head was also a scholar of great learning."
Something that has been learned
present participle of learn
"I'm learning to ride a unicycle."
the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught
"an important learning process"
"these children experienced difficulties in learning"
knowledge acquired through study, experience, or being taught
"I liked to parade my learning in front of my sisters"
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; as, to learn the way; to learn a lesson; to learn dancing; to learn to skate; to learn the violin; to learn the truth about something.
To communicate knowledge to; to teach.
To acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to receive information or instruction; as, this child learns quickly.
The acquisition of knowledge or skill; as, the learning of languages; the learning of telegraphy.
The knowledge or skill received by instruction or study; acquired knowledge or ideas in any branch of science or literature; erudition; literature; science; as, he is a man of great learning.
acquire or gain knowledge or skills;
"She learned dancing from her sister"
"I learned Sanskrit"
"Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally;
"I learned that she has two grown-up children"
"I see that you have been promoted"
commit to memory; learn by heart;
"Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"
be a student of a certain subject;
"She is reading for the bar exam"
impart skills or knowledge to;
"I taught them French"
"He instructed me in building a boat"
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort;
"I want to see whether she speaks French"
"See whether it works"
"find out if he speaks Russian"
"Check whether the train leaves on time"
the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge;
"the child's acquisition of language"
profound scholarly knowledge