[ ej-oo-key-shuhn ]
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  1. 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.

  2. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.

  1. a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education.

  2. the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one's education.

  3. the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.

Origin of education

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French, from Latin ēducātiōn-, stem of ēducātiō “a rearing, bringing up,” literally “a leading out,” equivalent to ēducāt(us) (see educate) + -iō -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.

Other words for education

Other words from education

  • an·ti·ed·u·ca·tion, adjective
  • non·ed·u·ca·tion, noun
  • o·ver·ed·u·ca·tion, noun
  • pre·ed·u·ca·tion, noun
  • pro·ed·u·ca·tion, adjective
  • su·per·ed·u·ca·tion, noun

Words Nearby education Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use education in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for education


/ (ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. the act or process of acquiring knowledge, esp systematically during childhood and adolescence

  2. the knowledge or training acquired by this process: his education has been invaluable to him

  1. the act or process of imparting knowledge, esp at a school, college, or university: education is my profession

  2. the theory of teaching and learning: a course in education

  3. a particular kind of instruction or training: a university education; consumer education

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