Definition of learner in English:



  • 1A person who is learning a subject or skill:

    ‘a fast learner’
    • ‘Every test will inevitably measure both what the learner knows about the particular subject matter and the learner's proficiency in the particular language.’
    • ‘For a learner to acquire skills in a foreign language, correctness of speech in his mother tongue should be taught.’
    • ‘Mere emphasis on theory would ultimately lead to an aversion in the learners towards the subject.’
    • ‘I repeated it easily; I'd always been a fast learner with languages.’
    • ‘Surround those slow learners with fast learners who understand how to promote their creative ideas.’
    • ‘Slow learners and late starters have, over time, proven just the opposite.’
    • ‘To get the best out of their learning experience, learners need basic computer skills, support, and guidance.’
    • ‘After acquiring the basic skills, the learners are made to write down their life experiences and aspirations and what they have gained from the programme.’
    • ‘Besides displaying one's own skills, the learner also has to train a few students in the group to qualify for an advanced certificate on diving.’
    • ‘Members of a class do not move forward uniformly, and the varying rates of fast, average, and slow learners may pose problems for teacher and students.’
    • ‘I was always regarded as a slow learner, but if I was interested in a subject, I believe I could keep pace with any of my schoolmates.’
    • ‘And these are not slow learners trying to catch up with their classmates but talented pupils eager to extend their breadth of knowledge about their chosen subject.’
    • ‘You would find that there isn't much, if any, difference in the amount recalled by the fast learners versus the slow learners.’
    • ‘The old egalitarian idea that fast learners would pull slow learners along with them was not just unfair; it was mistaken and horribly wasteful.’
    • ‘The section on writing skills helps the learner write the alphabet, while describing how to pronounce each of the alphabets.’
    • ‘Just as you cannot hide from the learner, so the learner's knowledge, skills, and attitudes will become apparent to you.’
    • ‘What is then the purpose of learners studying nine subjects?’
    • ‘One of the tallest barriers to improving mature learners ' skills is simply stepping back into a classroom, whether that is a library reading group or a pub language class.’
    • ‘And then there is a whole category of students who are slow learners.’
    • ‘One of the main issues which tortures learners of the language is the fact that we as Gaels are so unwilling to continue speaking our own language when we realise that the person we are speaking to is not completely fluent.’
    beginner, trainee, apprentice, pupil, student, mentee, novice, newcomer, starter, probationer, tyro, fledgling, fresher, freshman, freshwoman, neophyte, initiate, new recruit, raw recruit, new boy, new girl
    tenderfoot, novitiate
    greenhorn, rookie
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    1. 1.1British A person who is learning to drive a motor vehicle and has not yet passed a driving test.
      • ‘In fact, it's a good idea if a learner driver receives professional driving instructions.’
      • ‘The learner driver must be insured to drive the vehicle.’
      • ‘None of the group, aged 17 to 20, held a full licence, which is required to supervise a learner driver.’
      • ‘If you're a learner driver over 25 years of age, you're not required to complete the logbook.’
      • ‘Beijingers are required to spend at least 58 hours of training to get a licence, but learner drivers are not allowed to learn on the roads themselves.’
      • ‘A learner driver has been caught drink-driving with seven passengers in a van on the NSW north coast, police say.’
      • ‘A new survey has discovered the top ten reasons why a learner driver may fail to pass their test, with incorrect observation at junctions coming in first place.’
      • ‘With changes to Queensland's licensing system from July 1 2007, parents are being urged to help their learner drivers clock up the required 100 hours of supervised practice.’
      • ‘From 1 July 2007, the second stage will require learner drivers to gain at least 120 hours driving experience.’
      • ‘The University of Nottingham has developed a driving simulator and are looking for 200 learner drivers to help them test it.’
      • ‘Police have charged a learner driver they say reached speeds of almost 200 kph on the Hume Highway in southern NSW.’
      • ‘You should be aware that learner drivers under supervision have a very low involvement in crashes.’