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/ ˌɛdʒ ʊˈkeɪ ʃən /
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the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education.
the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one's education.
the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.
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Origin of education

1525–35; (<Middle French ) <Latin ēducātiōn- (stem of ēducātiō ), equivalent to ēducāt(us) (see educate) + -iōn- -ion

synonym study for education

1. Education, training imply a discipline and development by means of study and learning. Education is the development of the abilities of the mind (learning to know): a liberal education. Training is practical education (learning to do) or practice, usually under supervision, in some art, trade, or profession: training in art, teacher training. 4. Education, culture are often used interchangeably to mean the results of schooling. Education, however, suggests chiefly the information acquired. Culture is a mode of thought and feeling encouraged by education. It suggests an aspiration toward, and an appreciation of high intellectual and esthetic ideals: The level of culture in a country depends upon the education of its people.


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What is a basic definition of education?

Education is both the act of teaching knowledge to others and the act of receiving knowledge from someone else. Education also refers to the knowledge received through schooling or instruction and to the institution of teaching as a whole. Education has a few other senses as a noun.

Education is a word that covers both the act of instructing and the act of learning. It usually refers specifically to the teaching of children or younger people and the learning done by them.

Real-life examples: Elementary schools, high schools, and colleges are institutions focused on education: People are taught important information and life skills at these places. Medical schools, law schools, and driving schools provide more specialized forms of education.

Used in a sentence: The proper education of children is considered important in every country. 

Related to this sense, education refers to the specific level or type of instruction a person has received.

Used in a sentence: He has a high school education. 

Education also means the specific knowledge or scholarship a person has acquired from being taught.

Real-life examples: Doctors have an education in medicine. Chemists have an education in chemistry. Bankers have an education in finance or economics.

Used in a sentence: She has an education in languages and is fluent in French and Italian. 

Education is also used to refer to the process or institution of teaching in general.

Real-life examples: Most teachers have college degrees in education. Nations often devote a portion of their budget to education.

Used in a sentence: My brother decided to pursue a career in education.

Where does education come from?

The first records of education come from around 1525. It comes from the Latin ēducātiōn-. Education combines the verb educate, meaning “to teach or to train,” and the suffix -ion, which turns a verb into a noun.

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What are some other forms related to education?

  • antieducation (adjective)
  • noneducation (noun)
  • overeducation (noun)
  • preeducation (noun)
  • proeducation (adjective)
  • supereducation (noun)

What are some synonyms for education?

What are some words that share a root or word element with education

What are some words that often get used in discussing education?

How is education used in real life?

Education is a common word used to refer to teaching and learning. Almost everyone agrees that a person should receive some form of education.



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If a person has a college education, that means they have gained knowledge and instruction at a college.

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British Dictionary definitions for education

/ (ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃən) /

the act or process of acquiring knowledge, esp systematically during childhood and adolescence
the knowledge or training acquired by this processhis education has been invaluable to him
the act or process of imparting knowledge, esp at a school, college, or universityeducation is my profession
the theory of teaching and learninga course in education
a particular kind of instruction or traininga university education; consumer education
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