Definition of learned in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlərnəd/


1(Of a person) having much knowledge acquired by study.
Example sentences
  • And he was learned and perspicacious enough to see that the rigidity which the old Labour party embraced would entail its own reaction.
  • I have studied under learned professors in stately halls of learning.
  • The ideal would be to study those very same books under the auspices of a learned teacher.
1.1Showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly: an article in a learned journal
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  • Data from scientists in the field were published in learned society journals.
  • It is good to have this learned and scholarly life back in circulation.
  • Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.



Pronunciation: /ˈlərnədlē/
Example sentences
  • The story… is told not only clearly and learnedly, but also very sympathetically.
  • Mr Jefferson discourses learnedly on the origins of the mechanical arts used in the device, tracing them all the way back to ancient Persia.
  • He discusses learnedly the question whether the witches were really carried through the air corporeally or not.


Pronunciation: /-nidnis/
Example sentences
  • I am, of course, not suggesting that I find this degree of learnedness surprising in a biologist.
  • And again, it's far from clear what sort of learnedness makes for the best law teachers.
  • This is another of his fantasies; he confuses wonkiness with learnedness and wisdom.


Middle English: from learn, in the sense 'teach'.

Words that rhyme with learned

unearned, unreturned, unturned, upturned

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Syllabification: learn·ed

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