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learn, teach

To learn is to acquire knowledge or skills. The past tense of learn is learned or learnt.

  • He learned to play the flute quickly.
  • Sarah learnt her lesson; she won’t do that again.

To teach is to help others gain knowledge or skills.

  • I taught my brother how to swim.

Do not use learn as a synonym for teach.

  • Dad taught (not learned) my sister how to drive.