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

Other Words from education

educational \ ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce education (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
educationally \ ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shnəl-​ē How to pronounce education (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Nonprofit organizations are often blind to all of the likely causes and consequences of complex multi-stakeholder problems, such as poverty, community well-being or access to education. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The solutions are long-term and start with the right to an excellent education regardless of zip-code. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Through field trips, building the ‘ewaa and promoting biodiversity in the school’s nature preserve, the Kumeyaay studies classes take a very hands-on approach to education. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 Educators also worried about the evaporation of a plan to use more than $1 billion of the unexpected state revenue to forward fund education beyond the coming fiscal year. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2022 Most of the guys who played at Jackson State were in the same situation—an athletic scholarship was their ticket to a college education. Demetria Gallegos, WSJ, 14 May 2022 This is typical in Chinese families: extra resources are dedicated to education. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Other industries, ranging from real estate to education, have also seen sharp job losses in recent months. Laura He, CNN, 9 May 2022 Since the Taliban takeover in August, the group has imprisoned dozens of women’s rights activists, restricted access to education for women and girls, and blocked women from international travel without a male guardian. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 May 2022

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“Education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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