ed·​u·​ca·​tion | \ ˌe-jə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce education (audio) \

Definition of education

1a : the action or process of educating or of being educated also : a stage of such a process
b : the knowledge and development resulting from the process of being educated a person of little education
2 : the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools

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Other Words from education

educational \ ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce educational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
educationally \ ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shnəl-​ē How to pronounce educationally (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ \ adverb

Examples of education in a Sentence

The school is devoted to the education of children with reading difficulties. She received her education at private schools. The applicants had comparable educations. She earned her master's degree in education.
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Recent Examples on the Web According to state education officials, all learning is optional at this point. al, "Alabama’s K-12 schools: Here’s what we know right now," 24 Mar. 2020 Edwards has granted a request from state education officials to suspend testing and school accountability measures for the current school year. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana Gov. Edwards: State's COVID-19 trajectory 'basically the same' as Italy's," 20 Mar. 2020 The county’s board of education decided on the expansion Thursday during a virtual meeting. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Closed by coronavirus, Fulton schools to give out meals at 21 sites," 20 Mar. 2020 On Thursday, education officials announced that, one year later, almost nothing had changed: Ten black students got into Stuyvesant, out of a freshman class of roughly 760, up from seven black students last year. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "This Year, Only 10 Black Students Got Into N.Y.C.’s Top High School," 19 Mar. 2020 Moreover, children could end up missing months of education and many depend on free school lunch programs. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Mass testing, school closings, lockdowns: Countries pick tactics in ‘war’ against coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 College affordability: Mitchell said the U.S. needs to encourage students to consider other paths of education aside from just four year college degrees. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana 5th Congressional District: Republican candidates on debt, gun control and more," 18 Mar. 2020 China’s ministry of education said in late February that the closures would remain in effect until further notice, and encouraged institutions to try teach students online as much as possible. Jane Li, Quartz, "In China, quarantined students can pay $1.40 to cheat an online class," 11 Mar. 2020 Aside from the cancellation of large events, schools have been forced to consider alternate means of education and in Italy, a ban on large public events has been put in place as residents have been encouraged to stay home. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Coachella 2020 Might Be Postponed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Mar 2020

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“Education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of education

: the action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
: the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university
: a field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching


ed·​u·​ca·​tion | \ ˌe-jə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce education (audio) \

Kids Definition of education

1 : the act or process of teaching or of being taught the education of students
2 : knowledge, skill, and development gained from study or training “It isn't a question of education,” returned the Insect; “it's merely a question of mathematics.”— L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz
3 : the study of the methods and problems of teaching He's taking courses in education.

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