- 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.
- to educate a person or group: A television program that educates can also entertain.
Origin of educate
Examples from the Web for over-educated
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.The New Gulliver and Other Stories
- (also intr) 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 and History for 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.