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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But for Milwaukee and Madison the availability of in-person education was sparse at that time, with both districts holding classes almost entirely virtual. Andrew Mollica, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Students learning virtually more likely to be in Wisconsin's urban centers, new data show," 12 Apr. 2021 Studies show higher levels of education among former inmates increase employment rates and reduce recidivism. Emily Hamer, Star Tribune, "Former offender donates estate to foster rehab from prison," 12 Apr. 2021 According to the law, the New Jersey commissioner of education will provide school districts with sample learning activities and resource guides on these lessons. Sahar Akbarzai, CNN, "New Jersey is the latest state to require schools to offer courses on diversity and unconscious bias," 11 Apr. 2021 Are schools of education, in fact, turning a blind eye to issues of race and diversity? Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "No, Teacher-Training Programs Don’t Ignore Issues of Race," 8 Apr. 2021 Seeing a burgeoning need for more managers trained in good business basics, and looking for a way to counter the skyrocketing costs of college education, in 2016 the company started its own internal business school. Jim Vinoski, Forbes, "Two Great Examples Of How We Can Create The Manufacturing Workforce We Need," 7 Apr. 2021 Not long after the renaming decision was made, the city of San Francisco took the extraordinary step of suing its own school district and board of education to try to force the reopening of public schools for in-person learning. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: What’s going on with San Francisco’s schools?," 6 Apr. 2021 According to Jodie Segal, director of education for the organization, an average of 16% of students who go through the program require a follow-up, and about half those students are referred onward for continued mental health services. Kaitlin Edquist,, "Glenbrook officials discuss available resources, plan to implement expanded mental health program to create ‘common language’ within schools," 6 Apr. 2021 Born and raised in Detroit to Syrian parents, Killawi said her parents had driven home the importance of education. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit student suprised with $40K scholarship on 'Good Morning America'," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Apr 2021

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“Education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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