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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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 As the first woman of color elected to national office, Harris saw the inoculation as an opportunity to help educate the public about the safety of the vaccines. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Biden says COVID-19 inoculations will ‘take years’ at current pace, vows a speed-up," 29 Dec. 2020 The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation previously partnered with the American Indian Center of Chicago (AIC) to educate the public about American Indians, but the AIC ended that agreement in 2019. Eric Levenson, CNN, "These teams faced pressure to change their Native American names. Here's what's happened since," 14 Dec. 2020 Both authors said their new report, Peters’s rock agama in Florida, aims to educate the public, who can then report the presence of the species. Richard Tribou,, "Researchers: keep eye out for non-native lizard eating Florida’s butterflies," 11 Dec. 2020 The Trump administration has pitched the unusual event as a way to educate the public about vaccine development, regulatory approval, and distribution processes and to congratulate the many players helping to develop COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Trump to hold “Vaccine Summit” today—no vaccine-makers agreed to come," 8 Dec. 2020 The incoming Administration will need to develop outreach campaigns to educate the public, and make sure that local agencies have the resources to hire and train people to administer the vaccine. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Countdown to a Coronavirus Vaccine," 6 Dec. 2020 One way to educate the public about these harsh realities is through pop culture. Eve Gerber, The Atlantic, "The Undoing Treats Domestic Violence Like a Striptease," 2 Dec. 2020 The forest preserve district’s plans for the Oak Forest Heritage Preserve, along with recreational trails, include a historical museum to educate the public about the poor farm’s history. Mike Nolan,, "Cook County looks to redevelop former Oak Forest Hospital campus," 27 Nov. 2020 Bartley said the district has long made efforts to educate the public about conservation, though the lack of financial wherewithal in certain communities may have hindered such messaging. cleveland, "Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District debuts grant and scholarship program," 27 Nov. 2020

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

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6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Educate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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