education

noun
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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When Wexton began to speak about trans issues publicly, her niece quietly delivered a six-page primer intended to provide a basic education about a topic that can be complicated to discuss. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "How Jennifer Wexton became the ‘patron saint of the transgender community’," 16 June 2019 The Faith Committee is committed to providing training and education for institutions of faith on topics relating to various forms of violence experienced by families. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Summer impaired driving enforcement program to begin in Lake County," 16 June 2019 Yet many bright Chinese youngsters explain the appeal of an American education in remarkably idealistic terms. The Economist, "Debating contests teach Chinese students an argument has two sides," 15 June 2019 My father saw it as his personal challenge to encourage education in Belle Glade. Ron Mccurdy With Cari Lynn, WSJ, "When My Father Stood Up For His Rights," 15 June 2019 The problem is the result of the tumultuous rollout of a new government program, intended to expand access to free secondary education. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "In Ghana, Free High School Brings Opportunity and Grumbling," 15 June 2019 In addition, the nursing school, health system and law enforcement agency will work together in conducting research, providing training and education for health care workers, officers and the general public and sharing information. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio designated Dementia Friendly City," 15 June 2019 Even in a classroom of one, Gwen’s teacher, Michelle Carvalho, is rigorous, attempting to provide a normal education. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s the only kid on the island. And she’s graduating," 14 June 2019 That would be a significant improvement for education in general. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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education

noun

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

education

noun
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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