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

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 Many online booking sites have created animal welfare policies that educate travelers about unethical attractions and define their positions on these types of diversions, such as banning abusive activities from their platforms. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 This one in the Highlands, however, has a unique mission of sharing books specifically written in the German language or that educate people about German culture and Germanic countries. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2022 Babb said of the $5 million, about $2.3 million will go toward developing the museum building's interior to allow for the exhibits that will educate the public on different aspects of the Marshals Service, or museum experience, to be installed. Thomas Saccente, Arkansas Online, 10 July 2022 The state didn’t challenge this claim but asserted that its responsibility to educate the young took priority. William A. Galston, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 This is insulting to an entire community working tirelessly to educate / change / provide alternative solutions / invest in climate positive solutions — to hire someone promoting over consumption and capitalism is beyond absurd! Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 Along with working with the Morton Arboretum, Wierema said all three communities are putting information on their websites to educate their residents. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 Gelsomino said Cleveland has consistently ignored First Amendment expression despite training and policies intended to educate officers. Melissa Noel, Essence, 6 Sep. 2022 The school serves to educate mostly impoverished, rural, indigenous communities. David Culver, CNN, 3 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Educate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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