educate

verb
ed·u·cate | \ˈe-jə-ˌkāt \
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

At drag queen story hours, people who dress in drag lead the story time and work to educate kids about gender diversity. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Public Library's first Drag Queen Story Hour is set to take place July 14," 12 July 2018 He is committed to the idea that there has to be a better way to educate kids. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018 Judge Kavanaugh’s panel blocked the state from enforcing its law for that year’s election but upheld its use in future ones to allow time to educate voters about the requirement. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh on the Issues: Abortion, Guns, Climate and More," 10 July 2018 William Fleischli, executive vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, said efforts already under way to educate youth about the dangers of smoking should continue to be the focus. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin City Council to consider raising minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21," 9 July 2018 Organizers at the Tacoma event, held at LeMay Pierce County Refuse, were trying to educate the community on what's acceptable and what's not, based on new recycling restrictions from China. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 The project's goal was to educate the dog community about dog behavior to help prevent dangerous situations at the park. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Local Girl Scout Troop Says Goodbye," 2 July 2018 Originally from Hawaii, Bond travels the country to educate his followers on national parks, monuments, and environmental issues. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018 This is an impressive rate, suggesting that efforts by the state and various county election directors to educate unaffiliated voters about the new process were effective. Seth Masket, Vox, "How Colorado’s unaffiliated voted," 29 June 2018

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

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educate

verb

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

educate

verb
ed·u·cate | \ˈe-jə-ˌkāt \
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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