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[ ej-oo-keyt ]

verb (used with object)

, ed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing.
  1. to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling.

    Synonyms: indoctrinate, drill, school, instruct

  2. to qualify by instruction or training for a particular calling, practice, etc.; train:

    to educate someone for law.

  3. to provide schooling or training for; send to school.
  4. to develop or train (the ear, taste, etc.):

    to educate one's palate to appreciate fine food.

  5. to inform:

    to educate oneself about the best course of action.

verb (used without object)

, ed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing.
  1. to educate a person or group:

    A television program that educates can also entertain.


/ ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪt /


  1. also intr to impart knowledge by formal instruction to (a pupil); teach
  2. to provide schooling for (children)

    I have educated my children at the best schools

  3. to improve or develop (a person, judgment, taste, skills, etc)
  4. to train for some particular purpose or occupation

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Other Words From

  • over·edu·cate verb (used with object) overeducated overeducating
  • pre·edu·cate verb (used with object) preeducated preeducating

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Word History and Origins

Origin of educate1

First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English educate, educatyn, from Latin ēducātus “brought up, nurtured, taught” (past participle of ēducāre ), equivalent to ē- + -duc-, variant of dūc- “to lead” + -ātus e- 1, -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of educate1

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

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Synonym Study

See teach.

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Example Sentences

Children should also be educated about AI and encouraged to participate in its development.

This staff needs to be trained, and voters need to be educated on the process.

The other trend evident from the map above is that Democrats are gaining ground in the affluent, well-educated counties around Philadelphia.

That means its leaders try to educate on what kinds of decisions would help Netflix thrive.

Together, they began forming the network of Drag Ambassadors and supplying them with information and materials to educate their own audiences.

We were able, hopefully, to educate those policy makers… As of December of this year, cooler heads have prevailed.

Megatron took it upon herself to educate her own kids before they were introduced to sex at school.

Indeed--she has helped educate the world on the titillating culture of kink.

The fliers, Ancona explained, are meant to educate people on what rights they legally have to use lethal force in self-defense.

When Emmanuel came he tried to educate us, telling us you have to stop killing, destroying, being corrupted.

Educate them for the Store and the Counting House—to do every-day practical business.

So they talked of newer plans, while Smillie toiled like a giant to educate and organize the miners.

But her chief purpose was to educate the school children in the larger, more wholesome ideas of peace.

You get an ordinary, grinning, red-headed boy, and you have to educate him.

Then why not educate him in some way that will really fit him to make a better living, and be a better man?