[transitive, intransitive] to gain knowledge or skill by studying, from experience, from being taught, etc. learn something to learn a language/a musical instrument/a skill learn something from somebody/something I learned a lot from my father. learn something from doing something You can learn a great deal just from watching other players. learn (about something) She's very keen to learn about Japanese culture. The book is about how children learn. learn to do something He's learning to dance. learn how, what, etc… He’s still learning how to dance. Today we learnt how to use the new software.