ed·​u·​cat·​ed | \ ˈe-jə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce educated (audio) \

Definition of educated

1 : having an education especially : having an education beyond the average educated speakers
2a : giving evidence of training or practice : skilled educated hands
b : befitting one that is educated educated taste
c : based on some knowledge of fact an educated guess

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Other Words from educated

educatedness noun

Examples of educated in a Sentence

These companies want an educated work force. an educated woman with an impressive career

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The tale-of-the-tape genre itself is steeped in myth, supposition, educated guesses and excited ambition. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "When it comes to bombs like Evan Longoria’s, trust your eyes, not so much the tape measure," 3 July 2019 Lily Geismer traces the roots of this Democratic move to the right, showing how a new generation of Democrats embraced neoliberalism and mobilized educated, urban professionals. Didi Kuo, Vox, "Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond," 20 June 2019 Or maybe both Chinese companies are working from the same set of educated guesses and/or insider information from Nintendo. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Are these the first pictures of the “Switch Mini”?," 19 June 2019 Facebook could do something similar, using public or private records from consumer data companies to match to their users and make educated guesses about their races or genders. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated," 11 June 2019 The brain drain of educated professionals would need to go into reverse to staff everything from hospitals to oil rigs. Peter Millard,, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 This is why, in my educated opinion, this is how this should be. House Beautiful, "The Best Use for an Awkward Wall Niche + Other Design Problems, Solved," 28 June 2019 In regions with high use of 3D mammography, residents were more likely to be wealthy, educated and white. Minali Nigam, CNN, "The popularity of 3D mammograms is taking off, but not in every part of the US, study says," 24 June 2019 The state boasts many assets, including a long coastline, a global and educated elite, top-tier universities and a concentration of tech expertise. The Economist, "Business, tax and regulationMany people are moving from California to Texas," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of educated

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of educated

: having an education and especially a good education
: having a particular kind of education
: showing education (sense 1b)


ed·​u·​cat·​ed | \ ˈe-jə-ˌkā-təd\

Kids Definition of educated

1 : having an education and especially a good education
2 : based on some knowledge an educated guess

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