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Learn, 1) to gain knowledge or skill, to receive instruction; absol.: “where subjects' eyes do l.” Lucr. 616. “though thou didst l.” Tp. I, 2, 359. “paid for my --ing,” Wiv. IV, 5, 63. Meas. II, 3, 23. IV, 2, 59. Merch. III, 2, 163. As I, 3, 76. Shr. II, 166. All's I, 1, 191. II, 2, 39. H4A V, 2, 65. Lr. II, 2, 134 etc. With of: “l. of the wise,” As III, 2, 68. “wilt thou l. of me?” R3 IV, 4, 270. Caes. IV, 3, 54. Oth. II, 1, 163.
Trans.; a simple accus. following: “where the devil should he l. our language?” Tp. II, 2, 69. Wiv. I, 3, 92. IV, 5, 61. Err. II, 1, 29. LLL III, 36 “(l. her by heart).” Merch. II, 9, 27. John IV, 2, 113. R3 I, 3, 261 etc. Accus. and of: “l. this of me,” As V, 1, 44. H4A IV, 2, 78. R3 IV, 4, 268. Tit. V, 1, 101. Rom. I, 5, 144. Cymb. V, 5, 421. From and out of following, to note the source of information: “the rudeness have I --ed from my entertainment,” Tw. I, 5, 231. “I --ed it out of women's faces,” Wint. II, 1, 12; cf. Meas. I, 2, 39. A subordinate clause following: “thence I l., drugs poison him,” Sonn. 118, 13. “they will l. you by rote where services are done,” H5 III, 6, 74. An inf.: “hath --ed to sport and dance,” Ven. 105. Sonn. 134, 7. Gent. II, 1, 19. Err. II, 2, 65 etc. “to l. to know:” Gent. IV, 2, 89. Meas. I, 4, 80. R2 II, 3, 40. H5 III, 6, 84. Tit. III, 2, 45. Inf. and of: “l. of him to take advantage,” Ven. 404. “if she l. not of her eye to look,” LLL IV, 3, 252. Ant. IV, 14, 103. Inf. and out of: “I will out of thine own confession l. to begin thy health,” Meas. I, 2, 39.
2) to be informed of, to be told, to hear; with an accus.: “let's go l. the truth of it,” Meas. I, 2, 82. Ado II, 2, 57. H8 II, 2, 135. Troil. II, 1, 142. Tit. III, 2, 39. Acc. and of: “--s news of him,” LLL II, 255. “to have --ed his health of you,” R2 II, 3, 24. H4B Ind. R2 II, 3, 24 Per. IV, 4, 8. A subord. clause: “we do l. by those . . . his givings-out were of an infinite distance,” Meas. I, 4, 52. “I l. in this letter that Don Peter comes,” Ado I, 1, 1. “what stuff 'tis made of, I am to l.” Merch. I, 1, 5. “l. how 'tis held,” Cor. I, 10, 28. John V, 2, 121. R2 III, 3, 1. R2 III, 3, 1 Mcb. V, 4, 8. Ant. II, 2, 29. “as I l.” R3 I, 1, 60. V, 2, 12. “as I can l.” I, 1, 53.
3) to teach (never abs.); with a double accus.: “--ing me your language,” Tp. I, 2, 365. “you l. me noble thankfulness,” Ado IV, 1, 31. “l. him forbearance,” R2 IV, 120. “do not l. her wrath,” Tit. II, 3, 143. Accus. and inf.: “to l. his wit to exchange the bad for better,” Gent. II, 6, 13. “have --ed me how to brook this,” V, 3, 4. “you must not l. me how to remember,” As I, 2, 6. “--s them to bear,” Rom. I, 4, 93. “--s me how to lose,” III, 2, 12. “l. me how to respect you,” Oth. I, 3, 183. “--ed me how to make perfumes,” Cymb. I, 5, 12. Subord. clause: “that should l. us there's a divinity,” Hml. V, 2, 9 (Ff teach).
4) to communicate, to tell: “l. me the proclamation,” Troil. II, 1, 22. “go l. me the tenour of the proclamation,” Troil. II, 1, 22
5) Refl. to be instructed, to receive a lesson: “where I have --ed me to repent the sin,” Rom. IV, 2, 17.
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