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’
    • ‘The ideal would be to study those very same books under the auspices of a learned teacher.’
    • ‘It remains for our learned people to resolve, as was done by Luther, Bacon and Erasamus, Rabelais and Montaigne.’
    • ‘It should not be that he fails to consult learned people.’
    • ‘The rest of us (who are not learned scholars) can only infer, deduce and feel His Hand.’
    • ‘He is a learned religious scholar and has also served as a teacher of religious education.’
    • ‘And he was learned and perspicacious enough to see that the rigidity which the old Labour party embraced would entail its own reaction.’
    • ‘He is a learned man in most matters that pertain to art.’
    • ‘I have studied under learned professors in stately halls of learning.’
    • ‘The learned people of our faith tell us that is the best place to be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tribunal of learned personalities has also asked for initiation of peace talks.’
    • ‘And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.’
    1. 1.1 Showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly.
      ‘an article in a learned journal’
      • ‘Data from scientists in the field were published in learned society journals.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘A major chunk of journals in biomedical sciences is brought out by learned societies.’
      • ‘If the views of an associate professor expressed in a learned journal come within the scope of the vilification laws, then anything goes.’
      • ‘I, by the bright light of noon, would like to reveal the most learned and erudite of my studies.’
      • ‘Other specialist libraries are maintained by federal and state departments and agencies, and by learned and professional societies.’
      • ‘Not so much a time for learned study, or even a fake attempt at seeking knowledge.’
      • ‘He even produces an article from a learned American journal to prove it.’
      • ‘Publication of papers in learned journals is an intrinsic and inevitable component of doing science.’
      • ‘Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.’
      • ‘It is good to have this learned and scholarly life back in circulation.’
      • ‘He was a learned Scholar of the Bible, the Zora and the Torah.’
      • ‘This staves off moral panic and encourages postmodernist academics to write papers in learned journals.’
      • ‘In some cases these hybrid approaches lead to papers being published in learned journals, but not always.’
      • ‘Articles about democracy appeared in learned journals, books and other academic writings.’
      • ‘As far as can be determined, the waves they caused remained limited to the learned echelons of society.’
      • ‘He began fifty years ago as a Shakespeare scholar, with a learned and still necessary edition of The Tempest.’
      • ‘He refused to accept honorary degrees but he did accept honorary membership of academies and learned societies.’
      • ‘Graaf's efforts introduced Leeuwenhoek to the most important learned society of the time.’
      • ‘He was a member of the learned societies of many nations.’
      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
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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'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.’
      • ‘Your Honours, my learned junior has provided some notes in answer to some questions.’
      • ‘There is no identical phrase in any of the statutes that are included in the booklet submitted by my learned friends.’
      • ‘Of course members have heard my learned colleague speak about the range of pests.’
      • ‘The learned Judge rejected the evidence that other options were not discussed.’
      • ‘However, the finding of the learned trial judge was not that at all.’
      • ‘The learned trial judge took the view that he is a very dangerous character.’
      • ‘Accordingly the sentences imposed by the learned sentencing judge will remain unaltered.’
      • ‘Your Honour, we would take issue with my learned friend on that point.’
      • ‘My learned colleague tells me they have been providing that care for 70 years.’
      • ‘Could I go for the moment to section 30B, which is behind our learned friend the appellant's materials.’
      • ‘I think my learned friend has done a chronology which includes them as well.’
      • ‘I did not do the trial, your Honour, my learned junior did.’
      • ‘My learned friend says that clause 4.1 prescribes ordinary hours for casuals.’
      • ‘My learned friend says that the case is also academic in policy terms.’
      • ‘I think, with respect, your Honour, the learned sentencing judge described him as a terrorist.’
      • ‘My learned friend's solicitors have simply failed to follow the procedure.’
      • ‘No doubt our learned friends will develop how it is said that description of the approach to construction affects the matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, if one listens to the submissions of our learned friend, it is though the prosecutor at the sentencing hearing did not err.’
      literary, scholarly, intellectual, erudite, bookish, highbrow, academic, cultivated
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

learned

/ˈləːnɪd/