educate

[ ej-oo-keyt ]
/ ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), ed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing.

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), ed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing.

to educate a person or group: A television program that educates can also entertain.

Nearby words

  1. edt,
  2. edta,
  3. edu,
  4. educ.,
  5. educable,
  6. educated,
  7. educated guess, an,
  8. educatee,
  9. education,
  10. educational

Origin of educate

1580–90; < Latin ēducātus brought up, taught (past participle of ēducāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + -duc- lead + -ātus -ate1

Related formso·ver·ed·u·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·ed·u·cat·ed, o·ver·ed·u·cat·ing.pre·ed·u·cate, verb (used with object), pre·ed·u·cat·ed, pre·ed·u·cat·ing.

Synonym study

1. See teach.

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British Dictionary definitions for educate

educate

/ (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪt) /

verb (mainly tr)

(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 for educate

C15: from Latin ēducāre to rear, educate, from dūcere to lead

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Word Origin and History for educate

educate

v.

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.

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