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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Eventually, audience members become more savvy and educated, rendering such criticism quaint and anachronistic. Michael J. Socolow, Smithsonian, "In its Heyday, Mad Magazine Was a Lot More Than Silly Jokes," 11 May 2018 One reason such an educated group has such high welfare use is that refugees have immediate access to all welfare programs, and in recent years Africa has been one of the top refugee-sending regions. Steven Camarota, National Review, "The Truth about Immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa," 29 Jan. 2018 Smaller cities are also pulling in educated workers, but are having trouble competing for the nation’s most prized jobs and biggest projects, while rural areas are falling behind. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Big Cities’ Success Reflects Deepening Urban-Rural Divide," 14 Nov. 2018 City-dwellers, non-Southern educated whites, and minorities vote for Democrats in increasingly large numbers — while rural and less-educated whites around the country make up the new Republican base. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The midterm elections revealed that America is in a cold civil war," 7 Nov. 2018 Preibisch educated students on the harm done when invasive species take over an environment. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ten Girl Scouts in southeastern Wisconsin honored with Gold Award," 30 May 2018 While going over the Game 1 pregame scouting report, McDonnell makes an educated prediction: Louisville is going to run a lot in this game. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing Omaha: 3 days inside Louisville baseball's latest bid for the College World Series," 2 May 2018 Think of it as another factor to consider when doing your educated guesswork about what to keep and what to toss. Bunny Wong, Woman's Day, "10 Expert Tips for Cleaning Out Your Medicine Cabinet," 29 Dec. 2015 Modern prison writing came into its own during the Reformation, when large numbers of educated people were incarcerated as being enemies of the state because of their religious views. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Literature Behind Bars," 12 July 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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