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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Other software companies with Black Friday sales: Sonnox’s entire plug-in line is 50 percent off, minus education pricing Eventide is offering up to 75 percent off all plug-ins. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018 Certainly, education could help combat the stigma and even repair the lack of trust toward therapy displayed by members of the black community like my father. Vanessa Willhoughby, Allure, "The Reality of Navigating the Mental Health System as a Black Woman," 13 Oct. 2018 The appeal argues, as did the initial failed lawsuit, that, by using the SDSU name, Friends of SDSU violated state election law and education code. Jennifer Van Grove,, "SoccerCity continues legal action against SDSU West," 13 July 2018 Share the Growth Breakfast Networking growth group to accelerate innovation and growth in business and education support for entrepreneurs. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Deerfield Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Kearney completed the necessary education courses along with many courses in history. Graydon Megan,, "Edmund Kearney, started history department at Chicago State University and wrote book about the school's first 100 years, dies," 13 July 2018 Opportunities for public involvement in observation corps and writing education materials., "Bay Area political events: Resistance training, lawmakers meet with public," 13 July 2018 The other was a patient education and corralling of Trump by a handful of Republican legal elites. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Dressed casually in jeans while strolling through various neighborhoods, Kander addressed many issues in his three-and-a-half-minute video — affordable housing, education quality, customer service — but gift ethics was not one of them. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council members slam gift ethics plan as Jason Kander drops casual campaign video," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of education was in 1531

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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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