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 Its flagship product is for K-12 education campus safety. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin companies raised over $200 million in venture capital last year. These are the 10 biggest deals.," 14 Jan. 2020 Most of this money would go toward education funding, but some of it would also give teachers a 10% raise. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 14: Impeachment, Iran, 2020 race, Niger, teacher protest," 14 Jan. 2020 Here's what to expect The plan prioritizes five objectives: connectivity, safety, wellness and quality of life, community benefit and collaboration and education. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "This map reveals a lack of pedestrian-safe infrastructure in Central Indiana," 14 Jan. 2020 For example, AIs displaying traditionally African American speech styles could be important as role models for underrepresented minorities in fields ranging from online education to high-end scientific AI systems. Sharone Horowit-hendler, Wired, "Conversational AI Can Propel Social Stereotypes," 14 Jan. 2020 In 2019 alone, some 5,500 students from 43 schools took part in ORF’s education programs. Rich Cogen,, "Mussels in the Classroom to visit Boone County Library," 14 Jan. 2020 Auburn had the greatest number of online programs ranked in the top 20 tier, including multiple programs in their master's-level engineering and education programs, many of which were in the top 10. al, "Alabama colleges in top 20 nationally for online degrees, U.S. News says," 14 Jan. 2020 The education reforms will take longer to prove themselves. The Economist, "No surrender Emmanuel Macron should not give in to the strikers paralysing Paris," 11 Jan. 2020 For just the second time in history, women outnumbered men as the majority of the U.S. paid workforce, buoyed by fast job growth in healthcare and education over the past year, as well as the ongoing tight-labor market. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "Women outnumber men in the American workforce, for only the second time in history," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Education.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 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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