ed·​u·​ca·​tion | \ˌe-jə-ˈkā-shən \

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 process of education 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 , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
educationally \ ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shnəl-​ē , -​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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Implicit in this distinction is that for culture one should be ready to pay a price—in education, in patience, yes, even in dollars—but that viewing sports is a more public, democratic activity, open to all who are interested, kids among them. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Don’t Take Me Out to the Ballgame—I Can’t Afford It," 12 July 2018 During her speech, Breed spoke of the city’s homelessness crisis and her commitment to public safety, police reform, education and protecting the environment. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: London Breed Officially Sworn In As San Francisco’s First Black Female Mayor," 12 July 2018 Instead of pointing a finger at the vast national inequities in housing, health care, nutrition, and education that rob people of color of good health, racial associations imagine race as an internal defect that drives health disparities. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018 The Times said Trump like Hardiman's personal story, which includes driving a taxi to pay for his education, and Hardiman has the backing of Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who used to serve with Hardiman on the federal appeals court. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Is President Trump losing interest in Michigan judge for Supreme Court pick?," 9 July 2018 The ruling bitterly disappointed conservatives who thought Kennedy would be part of a Supreme Court majority to outlaw affirmative action in education. Eric Tucker, Houston Chronicle, "Trump revokes Obama policy using race in school admissions," 3 July 2018 The ruling bitterly disappointed conservatives who thought Kennedy would be part of a Supreme Court majority to outlaw affirmative action in education. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "US to stop encouraging race as factor in school admissions," 3 July 2018 The Trump administration is moving against any use of race as a measurement of diversity in education., "Trump to scrap Obama-era affirmative action guidelines," 3 July 2018 The board will discuss a board policy update reflecting AB 699, which would prevent discrimination in education because of immigration status. Laura Groch,, "How they voted, July 1," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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