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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Even people who weren’t long-term cinephiles, but interested in becoming more educated on the popular art form, could find helpful, accessible, non-snooty features designed to do just that. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "RIP FilmStruck, one of classic cinema’s last refuges in the streaming era," 26 Oct. 2018 One study found that childless adults in Tennessee — especially the least educated — started delaying or forgoing visits to the doctor. Eduardo Porter, New York Times, "Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die," 16 Jan. 2018 My community embraced the narrative that education was the ticket to equality, and black women have become the most educated group in America. Nina Turner, Vogue, "Why Universal Health Care, Higher Wages, and Free Public Education Are Crucial Issues for Black Women," 3 May 2019 While this is not necessarily bad news, more diagnoses could mean that people are generally becoming more educated about the warning signs for melanoma, as well as getting screened. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "The American Cancer Society's Annual Report Reveals Melanoma Cases Continue to Rise," 5 Apr. 2019 The spouses of highly skilled H-1B visa holders are often very educated and skilled themselves. Diya Khanna, The Seattle Times, "When you want to work, but can’t," 23 Oct. 2018 Along with the college scholarships that started being awarded in 1945, under innovative director Lenora S. Slaughter, the organization made an effort to attract proper, respectable, educated women. Time, "Why the End of Miss America's Swimsuit Competition Is a Big Deal, According to Pageant History Experts," 7 June 2018 Interestingly, more educated women are actually becoming increasingly likely to have children: In 2014, 82% of women with bachelor’s degree were mothers, versus 76% of their counterparts two decades earlier. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Jacinda Ardern, Amazon, Women's March: Broadsheet Jan. 19," 19 Jan. 2018 Early childhood education is imperative to the future of Ohio - especially as the economy changes and requires a more educated workforce, Cordray said. Seth A. Richardson,, "Richard Cordray proposes statewide universal pre-K," 16 Apr. 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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