educate

verb
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 Pinterest seems to be a natural fit for influencers, who now have to educate brands about its potential, Coffman said. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartzy, "Pinfluencers are here to stay," 10 Sep. 2019 Still, Caper said, for such a shift to work, there would be a huge need to educate the public and grow a large, active constituency around Medicare-for-all. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicare-for-All Is Not Medicare, and Not Really for All. So What Does It Actually Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019 His intention, like Sheridan's, is for the show to educate viewers about the importance of ranching. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Yellowstone' Actor Forrie J. Smith Reveals What It's Like to Work with Kevin Costner," 30 Aug. 2019 The primary intent of the checkpoint is to educate the public on the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "DUI checkpoint scheduled for Friday in Poway," 28 Aug. 2019 The committee also educates fans on important laws and alerts them about changes to laws throughout the world that could impact fanwork practices. Aja Romano, Vox, "4.7 million fanfics are now Hugo winners, thanks to AO3 and the transformative culture that built it.," 19 Aug. 2019 Often, those children can cost more to educate than their peers. Claudia Rowe, The Seattle Times, "‘Those were the darkest days’: How key budget cuts fueled Washington’s opioid crisis," 18 Aug. 2019 The decision to lift the driving ban has opened up an additional pool of workers, many of whom are well educated (women outnumber men at Saudi universities). Adam Rasmi, Quartz at Work, "A record number of Saudi women have joined the workforce," 30 July 2019 In a statement, PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Ira Rubenstein said: Our goal is to reach as many Americans as possible with content that educates, inspires, and entertains. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Soon you’ll be able to watch PBS on YouTube," 29 July 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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The first known use of educate was in the 15th century

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educate

verb
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

educate

verb
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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