learn, teach


learn, teach
In standard usage, learn (meaning "to gain knowledge") is never acceptable in the sense of teach ("to instruct," "to impart knowledge"). One can learn something, but he cannot learn someone else anything: "This should teach (not learn) you to stay out of trouble." "If you will take the time to teach me, I'll try to learn."

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  • learn´a|ble — learn «lurn», verb, learned or learnt «lurnt», learn|ing. –v.i. 1. to gain knowledge or skill; receive instruction: »Some children learn slowly. 2. to become informed; hear: »to …   Useful english dictionary

  • teach — W2S1 [ti:tʃ] v past tense and past participle taught [to:t US to:t] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(school/college etc)¦ 2¦(show somebody how)¦ 3¦(change somebody s ideas)¦ 4¦(experience shows something)¦ 5 that ll teach you (to do something) 6 teach somebody a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • learn — [lʉrn] vt. learned or Chiefly Brit. learnt, learning [ME lernen, to learn, teach < OE leornian (akin to Ger lernen) < WGmc * liznōn (akin to Goth laisjan, to teach) < IE base * leis , track, furrow > L lira, furrow] 1. to get… …   English World dictionary

  • teach — See learn. See learn, teach …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • learn — See learn, teach …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Teach the Controversy — is the name of a Discovery Institute intelligent design campaign to promote intelligent design, a variant of traditional creationism, while discrediting evolution in United States public high school science courses.citation | url=… …   Wikipedia

  • Learn — (l[ e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Learned} (l[ e]rnd), or {Learnt} (l[ e]rnt); 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[=ae]ran …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • learn — W1S1 [lə:n US lə:rn] v past tense and past participle learned or learnt [lə:nt US lə:rnt] especially BrE ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(subject/skill)¦ 2¦(find out)¦ 3¦(remember)¦ 4¦(change your behaviour)¦ 5 somebody has learned their lesson 6 learn (something) the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • teach — [ titʃ ] (past tense and past participle taught [ tɔt ] ) verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to help students to learn something in a school, college, university, etc. by giving classes: How long have you been teaching here? teach… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Teach — (t[=e]ch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Taught} (t[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Teaching}.] [OE. techen, imp. taughte, tahte, AS. t[=ae]cean, imp. t[=ae]hte, to show, teach, akin to t[=a]cn token. See {Token}.] 1. To impart the knowledge of; to give… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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