or re-ed·u·cate


verb (used with object), re·ed·u·cat·ed, re·ed·u·cat·ing.

to educate again, as for new purposes.
to educate for resumption of normal activities, as a disabled person.
to rehabilitate or reform through education, training, political indoctrination, etc.

Origin of reeducate

First recorded in 1800–10; re- + educate
Related formsre·ed·u·ca·tion, nounre·ed·u·ca·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for re-educate

Contemporary Examples of re-educate

  • Few communities have the resources to offer meaningful programs that try to re-educate offenders.

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    Justice for Rihanna

    Linda Fairstein

    June 22, 2009

Historical Examples of re-educate

  • We respect the religious convictions of the masses; we know how to re-educate the masses.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • But we'll begin in a small way to re-educate them with this picture.

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    Henry Kuttner

  • We must therefore retrace our steps and re-educate the bowel systematically to empty itself at a certain time every day.

  • I returned to the store disheartened at first, but after a time my courage revived, and I resolved to re-educate myself.

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    Samuel G. Goodrich

  • Rehabilitate, reconstruct, re-educate—these are familiar terms in this hour of stress and world conflict.

British Dictionary definitions for re-educate


verb (tr)

to teach or show (someone) something new or in a different way
Derived Formsre-education, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-educate

also reeducate, 1808, from re- + educate. Related: Re-educated; re-educating.

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