ed·​u·​cate | \ ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce educate (audio) \
educated; educating

Definition of educate

transitive verb

1a : to provide schooling for chose to educate their children at home
b : to train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession
2a : to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction
b : to provide with information : inform educating themselves about changes in the industry
3 : to persuade or condition to feel, believe, or act in a desired way educate the public to support our position

intransitive verb

: to educate a person or thing

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Choose the Right Synonym for educate

teach, instruct, educate, train, discipline, school mean to cause to acquire knowledge or skill. teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn. taught us a lot about our planet instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching. instructs raw recruits in military drill educate implies development of the mind. more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view. trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft discipline implies training in habits of order and precision. a disciplined mind school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master. schooled the horse in five gaits

Examples of educate in a Sentence

Parents trust schools to educate their children. The job of our public schools is to educate.
Recent Examples on the Web But the museum’s underlying goal is to educate visitors about women’s health and destigmatize the female body. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'We Want to Tackle That Stigma.' Inside the World's First Museum Dedicated to the Vagina," 15 Nov. 2019 However, Choi is optimistic that cigarette smoking will continue to decline as long as communities amp up efforts to educate youth about the dangers of smoking and vaping. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Cigarette smoking in the US at all-time low, but can it stay that way after vaping scare?," 15 Nov. 2019 Some states have a siblings bill of rights that educates children on voicing their needs and guides decisions about their placement and visitation. Arizona Republic, "'I’m not going to get adopted': Arizona teen wants to use her experiences in foster care to help others," 13 Nov. 2019 One approach to prison reform has been to educate the incarcerated. NBC News, "Students hope performance brings changes to prison system," 12 Nov. 2019 Bryant creates with the idea of using sport and entertainment to educate. CBS News, "Kobe Bryant wants to be known as a storyteller: "The world revolves around storytelling"," 9 Nov. 2019 In poor communities families tend to provide money to educate boys over girls. Susan Goldberg, National Geographic, "We asked women around the world these 6 provocative questions," 20 Oct. 2019 Collins, the association’s chairman, said the paper was written to educate medical examiners and not to benefit the procurement industry. Los Angeles Times, "How organ and tissue donation companies worked their way into the county morgue," 13 Oct. 2019 Throughout our history, FAMU has recognized the need to educate anyone, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, who arrived at our doors, and that includes women. Rachaell Davis, Essence, "Everything You Missed As ESSENCE x Pepsi Honored Two Amazing FAM U Women To Kick Off HBCU Homecoming Season," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of educate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for educate

Middle English, to rear, from Latin educatus, past participle of educare to rear, educate, from educere to lead forth — more at educe

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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of educate was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of educate

: to teach (someone) especially in a school, college, or university
: to give (someone) information about something : to train (someone) to do something


ed·​u·​cate | \ ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce educate (audio) \
educated; educating

Kids Definition of educate

1 : to provide schooling for Her parents are educating her at home.
2 : to develop the mind and morals of especially by formal instruction : teach Teachers work hard to educate their students.
3 : to provide with necessary information The public should be educated about how to save energy.

Other Words from educate

educator \ ˈe-​jə-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

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