[ ej-oo-keyt ]
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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.

  1. to provide schooling or training for; send to school.

  2. to develop or train (the ear, taste, etc.): to educate one's palate to appreciate fine food.

  3. 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.

Origin of educate

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 see e-1, -ate1

synonym study For educate

1. See teach.

Other words for educate

Other words from educate

  • o·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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use educate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for educate


/ (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪt) /

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

  1. to improve or develop (a person, judgment, taste, skills, etc)

  2. to train for some particular purpose or occupation

Origin of educate

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

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