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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Gender parity is a statistical measure that compares women and men through their income, education, and work hours, among other points. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 Morgan: The families wanted something that really represented and continued the crew's mission for education. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 Although education levels are low in rural parts of Malawi for both men and women, Age Africa notes that girls are less likely to be in school than boys. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 As education level increased, the rate of female sterilization declined while use of the pill increased. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Almost Two-Thirds of Women in the U.S. Use Some Form of Birth Control," 20 Dec. 2018 And for those white female voters, education level is a bright, dividing line. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020," 12 Nov. 2018 The test data can also be broken down by age and education level. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "This is your brain on air pollution," 30 Aug. 2018 Not really—there are different tribes, different mindsets, different education levels. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Driving On Her Own in Saudi Arabia," 17 Aug. 2018 The result was a wide diversity in education levels and incomes among Asians living in the U.S. during that period. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Study: Asians displace blacks as most economically divided group," 12 July 2018

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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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