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 Events include a two-day nonviolence workshop to educate and train others in the protest method that King employed, and a K-12 event focused on celebrating the differences in people. Washington Post, "ML King Day activities to emphasize voters and nonviolence," 10 Jan. 2020 The show brought in artists, musicians and puppeteers to educate and entertain. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "When 'Kindergarten College' helped kids get ready for school (without feeling like work)," 9 Jan. 2020 Imagination Library isn’t the only program used to educate parents and get more books into the hands of children. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "Local Dolly Parton literacy program’s goal: Mail free books to 50,000 Cuyahoga kids," 5 Jan. 2020 Along with his wife, Kitty Wallingford, Dade launched the Dade Foundation with a commitment to educate and prepare the next generation by giving small grants to organizations making a difference. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Malcolm G. Dade Jr., top aide to Coleman A. Young, dies at 88," 24 Dec. 2019 The misinformation campaign is the latest obstacle to the work of public health advocates trying to educate those who are at risk and anxious about contracting HIV. Kate Thayer,, "Facebook ads mislead patients at risk of HIV who should be taking the drug Truvada PrEP and are doing harm in the fight against the disease, advocates say," 10 Dec. 2019 Soon, the state health department hired Anika to educate families on services their foster kids were entitled to. Arizona Republic, "'What good am I?': Foster mom saw a system so broken she was ready to give up. Instead, she decided to fix it," 27 Nov. 2019 And at the end of the day, the purpose of the show isn't to educate, but rather to entertain. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Is The Crown Accurate? The Answer Is Complicated," 23 Nov. 2019 Are 90-second prepared speeches any way to educate a national audience on the intricacies of health care policy? Wired, "How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of educate was in the 15th century

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Educate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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