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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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 Ed Kelly, who is the local expert on how to solve stormwater issues, has recently created a Facebook page to educate the public on those matters. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Proceeds from the album will go to two New Zealand charities: Forest and Bird, a conservation organization, and Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust, which helps operate an attraction meant to educate New Zealanders on Māori history. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 The 80-year-old still employs that strategy to educate the masses on her timeline. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 8 Sep. 2021 On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego to host a free public webinar to educate people on how to navigate the U.S. public safety system, beginning with that first call for help. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 One leading medical device company struggled to educate customers on the features of its new devices. Girish Pai, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The company has provided webinars and reading to educate workers on the vaccine, along with four hours paid time off to get vaccinated. NBC News, 31 Aug. 2021 The all-virtual festivals helped Milwaukee Film iron out the technical bugs and educate viewers on how to use the site. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2021 Co-founders Lauren Pearson and Emily Lassiter are using their successful careers in wealth management to educate women on financial literacy. William Thornton |, al, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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“Educate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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