ed·u·cat·ed | \ˈe-jə-ˌkā-təd \

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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An educated population raises productivity and governmental revenues. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Chester County is one of the most affluent counties in Pennsylvania, and the way that shows is in the amount of open space, in the educated population. NBC News, "Two counties tell the tale of a growing education gap," 20 May 2018 Iraq holds much promise, given its abundant oil and water and its educated population. The Economist, "Fifteen years after America’s invasion, Iraq is getting back on its feet," 28 Mar. 2018 While Black women are the most educated demographic in America, this acclaim comes with a major its own set of consequences. Paula Rogo,, "Study Finds That Black Women Graduate With The Most Student Loan Debt," 11 July 2018 One caveat is that the kids in these experiments were largely from educated, white families, so the results may not generalize to all kids. Kevin Lewis,, "Most likely to prosecute," 29 June 2018 Invest in the future Millennials represent the most educated generation of women in history. Lynne Doughtie, USA TODAY, "6 things companies can do to help women rise to the top," 29 June 2018 Wide swaths of the country are getting sicker and dying younger than just a few years ago, with a widening health gap between educated, affluent Americans and everyone else. Ben Steverman,, "Young Americans are waking up to their grim financial future," 22 June 2018 Evidence suggests the falling unemployment rate is translating into swifter wage growth for the less educated, in line with the economic theory that employers should ratchet up wages to attract talent when the supply of workers is tight. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Less-Educated Workers See Sharpest Drop in Unemployment," 1 June 2018

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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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