[ ih-doos, ih-dyoos ]
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verb (used with object),e·duced, e·duc·ing.
  1. to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop.

  2. to infer or deduce.

Origin of educe

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

Other words from educe

  • e·duc·i·ble, adjective
  • un·e·duced, adjective

Words that may be confused with educe

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

How to use educe in a sentence

  • It tries to educe—that is, draw out—what is in the child already; its own native instincts and native conscience.

    Westminster Sermons | Charles Kingsley
  • To preserve and educe all we possibly can obtain from their situation, and purpose, is a main duty to history.

  • We do not have to draw out or educe positive activities from a child, as some educational doctrines would have it.

  • Much might be said on the teleology by which he tries to educe intelligence from the primordial strife.

    Schopenhauer | Thomas Whittaker
  • But the powers always resided in living forms which he detected and measurably learned to educe and control.

British Dictionary definitions for educe


/ (ɪˈdjuːs) /

verb(tr) rare
  1. to evolve or develop, esp from a latent or potential state

  2. to draw out or elicit (information, solutions, etc)

Origin of educe

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

Derived forms of educe

  • educible, adjective
  • eductive (ɪˈdʌktɪv), adjective

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