Hypertext Webster Gateway: "learned"

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,
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.

2. To communicate knowledge to; to teach. [Obs.]

Hast thou not learned me how To make perfumes ?

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Learned \Learn"ed\, a.
Of or pertaining to learning; possessing, or characterized
by, learning, esp. scholastic learning; erudite;
well-informed; as, a learned scholar, writer, or lawyer; a
learned book; a learned theory.

The learnedlover lost no time. --Spenser.

Men of much reading are greatly learned, but may be
little knowing. --Locke.

Words of learned length and thundering sound.

{The learned}, learned men; men of erudition; scholars. --
{Learn"ed*ly}, adv. {Learn"ed*ness}, n.

Every coxcomb swears as learnedly as they. --Swift.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having or showing profound knowledge; "a learned jurist";
"an erudite professor" [syn: {erudite}]
2: highly educated; having extensive information or
understanding; "an enlightened public"; "knowing
instructors"; "a knowledgeable critic"; "a knowledgeable
audience" [syn: {enlightened}, {knowing}, {knowledgeable},
{lettered}, {well-educated}, {well-read}]
3: (psychology) established by conditioning or learning; "a
conditioned response" [syn: {conditioned}] [ant: {unconditioned}]
4: acquired by learning; "learned skills"

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