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educated

[ej-oo-key-tid]
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adjective
  1. having undergone education: educated people.
  2. characterized by or displaying qualities of culture and learning.
  3. based on some information or experience: an educated estimate of next year's sales.

Origin of educated

First recorded in 1660–70; educate + -ed2
Related formshalf-ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivenon·ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivequa·si-ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivesu·per·ed·u·cat·ed, adjectiveun·der·ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivewell-ed·u·cat·ed, adjective
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educated

adjective
  1. having an education, esp a good one
  2. displaying culture, taste, and knowledge; cultivated
  3. (prenominal) based on experience or information (esp in the phrase an educated guess)
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Word Origin and History for well-educated

educated

adj.

1660s, past participle adjective from educate (v.). As an abbreviated way to say well-educated, attested from 1855. Educated guess first attested 1954.

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