Meaning of LEARNING in English

/lerr"ning/ , n.

1. knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application.

2. the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill.

3. Psychol. the modification of behavior through practice, training, or experience.

[ bef. 900; ME lerning, OE leornung. See LEARN, -ING 1 ]

Syn. 1. LEARNING, ERUDITION, LORE, SCHOLARSHIP refer to knowledge existing or acquired. LEARNING is the most general term. It may refer to knowledge obtained by systematic study or by trial and error: a man of learning; learning in the real world. ERUDITION suggests a thorough, formal, and profound sort of knowledge obtained by extensive research; it is esp. applied to knowledge in fields other than those of mathematics and physical sciences: a man of vast erudition in languages.

LORE is accumulated knowledge in a particular field, esp. of a curious, anecdotal, or traditional nature; the word is now somewhat literary: nature lore; local lore. SCHOLARSHIP is the formalized learning that is taught in schools, esp. as actively employed by a person trying to master some field of knowledge or extend its bounds: high standards of scholarship in history.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .