ed·​u·​cate | \ ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce educate (audio) \
educated; educating

Definition of educate

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction
b : to provide with information : inform educating themselves about changes in the industry
3 : to persuade or condition to feel, believe, or act in a desired way educate the public to support our position

intransitive verb

: to educate a person or thing

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of educate in a Sentence

Parents trust schools to educate their children. The job of our public schools is to educate.
Recent Examples on the Web The Education Department grant helped the campus expand the services of its Child Development Center, which has cared for and educated the children of students since 1977. Washington Post, "‘A drop in the bucket’: Parents in college need child care, but federal dollars fall short," 30 Nov. 2019 But Labay, the instructor, said those programs are geared towards students who might one day become vineyard or winery owners, while the Palo Alto program focuses on educating the skilled laborers. Ashley Mcbride,, "Palo Alto College offers winemaking degree for a booming Texas industry," 30 Nov. 2019 For any cook intimidated by the kitchen, especially a vegan kitchen, this book educates in the best way possible — recipes are both fun and delicious. Janelle Bitker,, "The San Francisco Chronicle’s best cookbooks of 2019," 29 Nov. 2019 Among the challenges in containing the measles outbreak in the DRC, just like containing Ebola, is overcoming mistrust among local communities and educating parents and residents that vaccinations could save lives, the WHO said. Radina Gigova, CNN, "Measles has claimed more than twice as many lives as Ebola in DRC," 28 Nov. 2019 In the meantime, Graft said he will be focused on growing and educating local communities. Austen Erblat,, "Living the green life: Hydroponic farm begins shipping leafy greens across South Florida," 27 Nov. 2019 The camps recently wrapped up their fifth year and are now branching out to start educating teachers as well as young women. Andrea Wurzburger,, "More Than Model Behavior! Karlie Kloss Talks Her Small Business Roots and Kode with Klossy Camps," 26 Nov. 2019 On that poll question, respondents chose several options, the most popular being educating others about wildlife issues (here’s one way to teach students). Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "How can cute things be so destructive?," 21 Nov. 2019 Famed for their marriages to leading political figures, the three Soong sisters were born in Shanghai in the late nineteenth century, and were among the first Chinese women to be educated in America. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of educate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for educate

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

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3 Dec 2019

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“Educate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners 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


ed·​u·​cate | \ ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce educate (audio) \
educated; educating

Kids Definition of educate

1 : to provide schooling for Her parents are educating her at home.
2 : to develop the mind and morals of especially by formal instruction : teach Teachers work hard to educate their students.
3 : to provide with necessary information The public should be educated about how to save energy.

Other Words from educate

educator \ ˈe-​jə-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

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