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  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.
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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


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.
  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.
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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.
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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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  • If your cows don't like it, they'll have to be educated up to it.

  • Her first husband must have been a man who greatly refined and educated her.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Like most educated Russians, he spoke English with barely an accent.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • But Mrs. Ormond told me that you loved me, and that you had educated me to be your wife.

  • The boy was educated at a school in Durham, and at the University of Edinburgh.

British Dictionary definitions for educated


  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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verb (mainly tr)
  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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Word Origin

C15: from Latin ēducāre to rear, educate, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for educated


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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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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