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[ej-oo-keyt] /ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), educated, educating.
to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling.
to qualify by instruction or training for a particular calling, practice, etc.; train:
to educate someone for law.
to provide schooling or training for; send to school.
to develop or train (the ear, taste, etc.):
to educate one's palate to appreciate fine food.
to inform:
to educate oneself about the best course of action.
verb (used without object), educated, educating.
to educate a person or group:
A television program that educates can also entertain.
Origin of educate
1580-90; < Latin ēducātus brought up, taught (past participle of ēducāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + -duc- lead + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
overeducate, verb (used with object), overeducated, overeducating.
preeducate, verb (used with object), preeducated, preeducating.
Synonym Study
1. See teach. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for over-educated
Historical Examples
  • He is a Swede of Swedes, with all the traditions of the over-educated Swede.

    Ten Years Near the German Frontier Maurice Francis Egan
  • She is over-educated now, and knows far more than most girls of her age.

    Uncle Max

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • At Rosebury no one thought of being so silly as to be over-educated.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • They are observed, watched—and if the parents are so disposed, carefully educated, and often over-watched and over-educated.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • A garden may easily be over-educated, and that which is good in itself may suffer from improvement.

  • It is because they are under-educated, not over-educated, that the children of the very poor so often go wrong.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • He was anchored in his dugout close beside us, and grinned with delight as he saw his over-educated trout refuse my best casts.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • It has been the custom of late to speak as if the children of Queen Victoria had been over-educated and over-stimulated.

  • It was held then that a student might be over-educated, and the more he knew the more his religious zeal diminished.

  • My world-wide priesthood, with their endless variety of costume, to one not over-educated gentleman in a white sheet?

    Yeast: A Problem Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for over-educated


verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to impart knowledge by formal instruction to (a pupil); teach
to provide schooling for (children): I have educated my children at the best schools
to improve or develop (a person, judgment, taste, skills, etc)
to train for some particular purpose or occupation
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēducāre to rear, educate, from dūcere to lead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for over-educated

1788, from over- + educated.



mid-15c., "bring up (children), train," from Latin educatus, past participle of educare "bring up, rear, educate," which is related to educere "bring out, lead forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1580s. Related: Educated; educating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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