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

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 Since then, researchers have found that ties to more educated or affluent people, starting in childhood, can shape aspirations, college-going and career paths. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 These counties can likely attribute their wealth to their proximity to Washington D.C., which attracts highly educated and skilled people in areas of law and public policy. al, 6 July 2022 There’s no denying that Washington is a city full of educated people: According to the Census Bureau, 34 percent of D.C. residents have an advanced degree, compared with less than 13 percent of all Americans. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 Sithara said the people want new leaders who are young, educated and capable of running the economy. Krishan Francis And Krutika Pathi, Anchorage Daily News, 13 July 2022 Even then, the United States will remain rich, well educated, and integrated into the global economy, although intensifying wildfires and other climate disasters will eat away at its housing stock, industrial base, and treasured Pax Americana. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 These groups want more foreign workers to fill jobs typically performed by the less educated, such as food service, health-care support, hospitality, ... Steven A. Camarota, National Review, 9 May 2022 At the time, few Black people were permitted to study at most American universities, but Noel—who was well off, well educated, and a foreigner—had secured a spot at the Chicago College of Dental Surgery. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2022 Nearly two centuries later, Hale’s vision of educated, professional, working women is a reality. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of educated

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Educated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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