(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To acquire mentally]
Syn. acquire, receive, imbibe, get, absorb, assimilate, digest, take in, drink in, pick up, read, master, ground oneself in, peruse, con, pore over, study, gain information, learn by heart, memorize, be taught a lesson, become well-versed in, soak in, collect one's knowledge, improve one's mind, build one's background, get up on*, get the signal*; see also study 1 .
2. [To find out]
Syn. discover, ascertain, discern, uncover, unearth, find out, determine, hear, see, read, detect, come to know, come upon, chance on, chance upon, stumble upon, get wind of*, get wise to*; see also discover .
Syn.- learn , as considered here, implies a finding out of something, often without conscious effort [ I learned of their marriage from a friend ] ; ascertain implies a finding out with certainty, as by careful inquiry, experimentation, or research [ I ascertained the firm's credit rating ] ; determine stresses intention to establish the facts exactly, often so as to settle something in doubt [ to determine the exact denotation of a word ] ; discover implies a finding out, either by chance or by exploration or study, of something already existing or known to others [ to discover a star, to discover a plot ] ; unearth , in its figurative sense, implies a bringing to light, as by diligent search, of something that has been concealed, lost, or forgotten [ to unearth old documents, to unearth a secret ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. acquire knowledge *pick up, master, understand, comprehend, apprehend, grasp, realize, absorb, become educated, memorize, become versed in, *get the hang of, study, pore over, *cram.
2. discover find out, hear, detect, determine, stumble upon.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To gain knowledge or mastery of by study: get, master. Informal: pick up. See TEACH. 2. To commit to memory: con, memorize. See REMEMBER. 3. To obtain knowledge or awareness of something not known before, as through observation or study: ascertain, determine, discover, find (out), hear. See TEACH.

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