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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
Recent Examples on the Web The most educated 1st lady in the history of this nation. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact Check: No, former first lady Michelle Obama has not earned her Ph.D. in law," 3 July 2020 And an educated, community-minded population was able to pull together, just enough. Hilda Bastian, Wired, "What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic," 1 July 2020 Either way, use these tools to make educated buying decisions instead of just guessing. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "How to build a gaming PC — and why you should," 30 June 2020 Theodosia Prevost, an educated woman more than 10 years his senior and mother of five. National Geographic, "They lived, they died, but 'Hamilton' didn't tell their story," 26 June 2020 The poll showed that the same voters who are fleeing the president — highly educated white Americans, many of them once-reliable Republicans — are providing an advantage to Democratic Senate candidates. Jonathan Martinand Matt Stevens,, "Trump’s Sagging Popularity Drags Down Republican Senate Candidates," 25 June 2020 Because of its frequent mutations, developers have to make each year’s vaccine based on educated guesses on what strains of the flu virus will be circulating next year. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "How — and When — Can the Coronavirus Vaccine Become a Reality?," 17 June 2020 But, according to the very educated seat of the Ongais pants, the inescapable truth is that the bike can blow past the car and be gone from sight anyplace where there is a moderate straight stretch with which to work. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Mandela, a revolutionary who spent 27 years in prison, became educated enough on his nation’s issues to question the leaders in power and dismantle its apartheid system. Malcolm Brogdon, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' Malcolm Brogdon: When protests fade, here's what we must focus on as Americans," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of educated

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of educated was in 1569

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6 Jul 2020

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“Educated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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)


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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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