[ ih-doos, ih-dyoos ]
/ ɪˈdus, ɪˈdyus /

verb (used with object), e·duced, e·duc·ing.

to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop.
to infer or deduce.

Nearby words

  1. educationese,
  2. educationist,
  3. educative,
  4. educator,
  5. educatory,
  6. educrat,
  7. educt,
  8. eduction,
  9. eductive,
  10. eductor

Origin of educe

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ēdūcere, equivalent to ē- e-1 + dūcere to lead

Related formse·duc·i·ble, adjectiveun·e·duced, adjective

Can be confusededucable educible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for educe


/ (ɪˈdjuːs) /

verb (tr) rare

to evolve or develop, esp from a latent or potential state
to draw out or elicit (information, solutions, etc)
Derived Formseducible, adjectiveeductive (ɪˈdʌktɪv), adjective

Word Origin for educe

C15: from Latin ēdūcere to draw out, from ē- out + dūcere to lead

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Word Origin and History for educe



early 15c., in the literal sense, from Latin educere "to lead out, bring out" (of troops, ships, etc.; see educate). Meaning "to draw a conclusion from data" is from 1837.

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