Definition of learned in English:

learned

adjective

  • 1(of a person) having acquired much knowledge through study:

    ‘a learned, generous, and notoriously absent-minded man’
    • ‘One level of reading was for the lay public while another was for learned scholars.’
    • ‘It's bold of me to challenge our learned scholars as my paltry mathematics training finished in year 11.’
    • ‘It should not be that he fails to consult learned people.’
    • ‘The learned people of our faith tell us that is the best place to be.’
    • ‘It remains for our learned people to resolve, as was done by Luther, Bacon and Erasamus, Rabelais and Montaigne.’
    • ‘The tribunal of learned personalities has also asked for initiation of peace talks.’
    • ‘To the learned elders and the people who have come here today, I thank them very much.’
    • ‘They are very hospitable to learned and well-traveled people, as they love to learn new things from them.’
    • ‘The rest of us (who are not learned scholars) can only infer, deduce and feel His Hand.’
    • ‘I have studied under learned professors in stately halls of learning.’
    • ‘And he was learned and perspicacious enough to see that the rigidity which the old Labour party embraced would entail its own reaction.’
    • ‘And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.’
    • ‘The ideal would be to study those very same books under the auspices of a learned teacher.’
    • ‘He is a learned man in most matters that pertain to art.’
    • ‘He is a learned religious scholar and has also served as a teacher of religious education.’
    1. 1.1 Showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly:
      ‘an article in a learned journal’
      • ‘He was a learned Scholar of the Bible, the Zora and the Torah.’
      • ‘Articles about democracy appeared in learned journals, books and other academic writings.’
      • ‘Other specialist libraries are maintained by federal and state departments and agencies, and by learned and professional societies.’
      • ‘Why, in two of her lectures, does she discuss Kafka's ape, dressed up to make a speech to a learned society, and forced to speak their language?’
      • ‘It is good to have this learned and scholarly life back in circulation.’
      • ‘Graaf's efforts introduced Leeuwenhoek to the most important learned society of the time.’
      • ‘He began fifty years ago as a Shakespeare scholar, with a learned and still necessary edition of The Tempest.’
      • ‘A major chunk of journals in biomedical sciences is brought out by learned societies.’
      • ‘Publication of papers in learned journals is an intrinsic and inevitable component of doing science.’
      • ‘In some cases these hybrid approaches lead to papers being published in learned journals, but not always.’
      • ‘He was a member of the learned societies of many nations.’
      • ‘Data from scientists in the field were published in learned society journals.’
      • ‘He refused to accept honorary degrees but he did accept honorary membership of academies and learned societies.’
      • ‘Not so much a time for learned study, or even a fake attempt at seeking knowledge.’
      • ‘Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.’
      • ‘As far as can be determined, the waves they caused remained limited to the learned echelons of society.’
      • ‘I, by the bright light of noon, would like to reveal the most learned and erudite of my studies.’
      • ‘This staves off moral panic and encourages postmodernist academics to write papers in learned journals.’
      • ‘If the views of an associate professor expressed in a learned journal come within the scope of the vilification laws, then anything goes.’
      • ‘He even produces an article from a learned American journal to prove it.’
      scholarly, erudite, well educated, knowledgeable, well read, widely read, well versed, well informed, lettered, cultured, cultivated, civilized, intellectual, intelligent, clever, academic, literary, bookish, highbrow, studious, sage, wise, sagacious, discerning, donnish, cerebral, enlightened, illuminated, sophisticated, pedantic
      esoteric, obscure, recondite
      brainy, genius
      sapient
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    2. 1.2British Used as a courteous description of a lawyer in certain formal contexts:
      ‘my learned friend’
      • ‘My learned friend says that the case is also academic in policy terms.’
      • ‘Your Honour, we would take issue with my learned friend on that point.’
      • ‘I think, with respect, your Honour, the learned sentencing judge described him as a terrorist.’
      • ‘The learned trial judge took the view that he is a very dangerous character.’
      • ‘However, the finding of the learned trial judge was not that at all.’
      • ‘Your Honours, my learned junior has provided some notes in answer to some questions.’
      • ‘The learned Judge rejected the evidence that other options were not discussed.’
      • ‘The first of them is to grant the mandatory relief that my learned friends sought in the claim form and, as far as I am aware, maintained throughout the hearing.’
      • ‘Could I go for the moment to section 30B, which is behind our learned friend the appellant's materials.’
      • ‘There is no identical phrase in any of the statutes that are included in the booklet submitted by my learned friends.’
      • ‘No doubt our learned friends will develop how it is said that description of the approach to construction affects the matter.’
      • ‘Of course members have heard my learned colleague speak about the range of pests.’
      • ‘I did not do the trial, your Honour, my learned junior did.’
      • ‘Here, if one listens to the submissions of our learned friend, it is though the prosecutor at the sentencing hearing did not err.’
      • ‘My learned friend's submission seems to be premised on the submission that it can only be rational to change one's mind if there is a rational reason for doing so.’
      • ‘Accordingly the sentences imposed by the learned sentencing judge will remain unaltered.’
      • ‘My learned friend says that clause 4.1 prescribes ordinary hours for casuals.’
      • ‘My learned friend's solicitors have simply failed to follow the procedure.’
      • ‘I think my learned friend has done a chronology which includes them as well.’
      • ‘My learned colleague tells me they have been providing that care for 70 years.’
      literary, scholarly, intellectual, erudite, bookish, highbrow, academic, cultivated
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Origin

Middle English: from learn, in the sense ‘teach’.

Pronunciation:

learned

/ˈləːnɪd/