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or re-educate

[ree-ej-oo-keyt] /riˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), reeducated, reeducating.
to educate again, as for new purposes.
to educate for resumption of normal activities, as a disabled person.
to rehabilitate or reform through education, training, political indoctrination, etc.
Origin of reeducate
First recorded in 1800-10; re- + educate
Related forms
reeducation, noun
reeducative, adjective Unabridged
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  • We respect the religious convictions of the masses; we know how to re-educate the masses.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • But we'll begin in a small way to re-educate them with this picture.

    The Ego Machine Henry Kuttner
  • We must therefore retrace our steps and re-educate the bowel systematically to empty itself at a certain time every day.

  • I returned to the store disheartened at first, but after a time my courage revived, and I resolved to re-educate myself.

    Peter Parley's Own Story Samuel G. Goodrich
  • Rehabilitate, reconstruct, re-educate—these are familiar terms in this hour of stress and world conflict.

British Dictionary definitions for re-educate


verb (transitive)
to teach or show (someone) something new or in a different way
Derived Forms
re-education, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-educate

also reeducate, 1808, from re- + educate. Related: Re-educated; re-educating.

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