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verb ed·u·cate \ˈe-jə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of educate

  • : to teach (someone) especially in a school, college, or university

  • : to give (someone) information about something : to train (someone) to do something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of educate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to provide schooling for <chose to educate their children at home> b :  to train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession

  3. 2 a :  to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction b :  to provide with information :  inform <educating themselves about changes in the industry>

  4. 3 :  to persuade or condition to feel, believe, or act in a desired way <educate the public to support our position>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to educate a person or thing

Examples of educate in a sentence

  1. Parents trust schools to educate their children.

  2. The job of our public schools is to educate.

Origin and Etymology of educate

Middle English, to rear, from Latin educatus, past participle of educare to rear, educate, from educere to lead forth — more at educe

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of educate

teach, instruct, educate, train, discipline, school mean to cause to acquire knowledge or skill. teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn <taught us a lot about our planet>. instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching <instructs raw recruits in military drill>. educate implies development of the mind <more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person>. train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view <trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft>. discipline implies training in habits of order and precision <a disciplined mind>. school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master <schooled the horse in five gaits>.

EDUCATE Defined for Kids


verb ed·u·cate \ˈe-jə-ˌkāt\

Definition of educate for Students



  1. 1 :  to provide schooling for <Her parents are educating her at home.>

  2. 2 :  to develop the mind and morals of especially by formal instruction :  teach <Teachers work hard to educate their students.>

  3. 3 :  to provide with necessary information <The public should be educated about how to save energy.>


\ˈe-jə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Word Root of educate

The Latin word ducere, meaning “to lead,” and its form ductus give us the roots duc and duct. Words from the Latin ducere have something to do with leading. A duct is a tube that leads from one place or organ to another. To educate, or teach, is to lead to knowledge. To induce is to lead into a particular state.

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