educate

verb
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.

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AHN Women is also launching mywishformoms.org, which will educate families on the warning signs of postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as available treatment options. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Wishes More Women Could Open Up About Postpartum Depression," 2 May 2019 As consumers become more environmentally savvy and more educated about Christmas trees generally, their preference in trees may shift. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The cost of real Christmas trees is on the rise — thanks to millennials," 5 Dec. 2018 The agency is also planning to build an online campaign aimed at educating households with young children on the importance of counting them in the survey. Melissa Etehad, latimes.com, "The 2020 census could undercount 1 million kids — which means less money for California schools," 9 July 2018 Younger, a hapless criminal defense investigator, has had some success in educating his dodgy clients about smart ways to beat a rap. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 They are tweaked from Cooking with Kids, an organization that educates children and families about healthy eating. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA farm-themed camps teach where food comes from," 3 July 2018 Those sites will also have to educate users on the advantages of using WebAuthn, and alter their login pages and the like. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "WebAuthn: What you need to know about the future of the passwordless Web," 7 Mar. 2019 During a three-year period that began last summer, Los Angeles Unified will spend about $24 billion educating students. Austin Beutner, WSJ, "L.A. Schools Have a Math Problem," 14 Jan. 2019 The university was left to function only as a research center and can no longer educate students. Maria Danilova, Fox News, "Crackdown feared as Russian grad school faces govt penalty," 22 July 2018

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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

verb

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

educate

verb
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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