browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

learntmore about learnt

learnt


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Learn  \Learn\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Learned},  or  {Learnt}  (?); 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Learning}.]  [OE.  lernen,  leornen  AS 
  leornian  akin  to  OS  lin[=o]n,  for  lirn[=o]n,  OHG. 
  lirn[=e]n,  lern[=e]n,  G.  lernen,  fr  the  root  of  AS  l?ran  to 
  teach,  OS  l[=e]rian,  OHG.  l[=e]ran,  G.  lehren  Goth. 
  laisjan  also  Goth  lais  I  know  leis  acquainted  (in  comp.); 
  all  prob.  from  a  root  meaning,  to  go  go  over  and  hence  to 
  learn;  cf  AS  leoran  to  go  .  Cf  {Last}  a  mold  of  the  foot, 
  {lore}.] 
  1.  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  ``Learn  to  do  well.'' 
  --Is.  i.  17. 
 
  Now  learn  a  parable  of  the  fig  tree.  --Matt.  xxiv. 
  32. 
 
  2.  To  communicate  knowledge  to  to  teach.  [Obs.] 
 
  Hast  thou  not  learned  me  how  To  make  perfumes  ? 
  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  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. 




more about learnt