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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.
  3. to provide schooling or training for; send to school.
  4. to develop or train (the ear, taste, etc.): to educate one's palate to appreciate fine food.
  5. to inform: to educate oneself about the best course of action.
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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.
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Origin of educate

1580–90; < Latin ēducātus brought up, taught (past participle of ēducāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + -duc- lead + -ātus -ate1
Related formso·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.

Synonym study

1. See teach.
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Examples from the Web for over-educated

Historical Examples

  • He is a Swede of Swedes, with all the traditions of the over-educated Swede.

    Ten Years Near the German Frontier

    Maurice Francis Egan

  • She is over-educated now, and knows far more than most girls of her age.

    Uncle Max

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • At Rosebury no one thought of being so silly as to be over-educated.

  • They are observed, watched—and if the parents are so disposed, carefully educated, and often over-watched and over-educated.

    Men of Our Times

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • A garden may easily be over-educated, and that which is good in itself may suffer from improvement.

British Dictionary definitions for over-educated


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
  3. to improve or develop (a person, judgment, taste, skills, etc)
  4. to train for some particular purpose or occupation
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin ēducāre to rear, educate, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for over-educated


1788, from over- + educated.

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mid-15c., "bring up (children), train," from Latin educatus, past participle of educare "bring up, rear, educate," which is related to educere "bring out, lead forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1580s. Related: Educated; educating.

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