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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Giving up on the hopes of convincing people that the number does not belong to the Michigan Republican, Rose changed tactics to try to educate the confused callers about what to trust on the Internet. Washington Post, "Trump shared the wrong number for a Michigan lawmaker. A 28-year-old has gotten thousands of angry calls.," 4 Jan. 2021 City staff have also developed instructional materials, including online videos, to educate employers about their obligations under the living wage ordinance. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego tightening living wage law to eliminate confusion, avoid contractor lawsuits," 29 Dec. 2020 In practice, county health officials often work in tandem with local governments to educate businesses about occupancy and mask regulations, while city code compliance officers regulate businesses within each of the county’s myriad cities. Shawn Mulcahy,, "Gov. Greg Abbott allows only limited COVID-19 restrictions for Texas' worst hot spots. Local leaders say it's not enough.," 24 Dec. 2020 This was an attempt by the BBC to educate Britons about just what the hell all these new fancy machines that looked like crappy typewriters connected to your telly were all about. Jason Torchinsky, Ars Technica, "How an obscure British PC maker invented ARM and changed the world," 20 Dec. 2020 This seemed like a puzzling result, since many of these visitors had just toured sites that, like Monticello, had recently put up new displays to educate visitors about painful parts of their history that had previously been ignored. Erin Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Just ‘Adding Context’ to Controversial Monuments May Not Change Minds," 18 Dec. 2020 Babylon hopes Carroll’s event will provide people with a local alternative to Arlington and educate the younger generations about the sacrifices local veterans made during previous wartime situations. Megan Woodward,, "‘Our own little Arlington’: Babylon Vault Company sponsoring third annual Wreaths Across America in Carroll County," 18 Dec. 2020 At least one statewide basketweavers' group has developed programs to educate landowners and land managers about the dangers of pesticides., "Native plants become Native art. What happens when they're gone?," 17 Dec. 2020 No fines have been issued as of Thursday, according to the city, with police and health department officials instead reaching out to educate residents about COVID-19 guidelines. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron will not extend ban on private gatherings with more than 6 guests that expires Dec. 16, mayor says," 11 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'educate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about educate

Time Traveler for educate

Time Traveler

The first known use of educate was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for educate

Last Updated

19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Educate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for educate


How to pronounce educate (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on educate

What made you want to look up educate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!