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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By January 2019, each local board of education will be required to develop policies, outlined in the bill, for addressing the identification of kindergarten through third-grade students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Sex ed, terrorism and revenge porn: New Kentucky laws start Saturday," 13 July 2018 The board of education’s regular monthly meetings are 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month except in December, when the meeting will occur on the third Monday. Jennie Key,, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018 The cable channel considers several measures of K-12 education including test scores, class size and spending and technology infrastructure in the schools. Stephen Singer,, "Connecticut Fares Poorly On CNBC Ranking Of Top States For Business," 10 July 2018 To arrive at the services rankings, WalletHub examines six categories: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure and pollution. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Congratulations, Nampa and Boise. You're among the 'best-run cities' in America.," 9 July 2018 The New York Times has a profile of Cynthia Nixon’s rise in politics — particularly the politics of education. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Trouble for the GOP in AZ-SEN," 3 July 2018 Both singers felt insecure about their lack of education, neither could read sheet music, and while Jones was petrified of drowning, Franklin feared airplanes. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018 Gains in life expectancy, combined with the soaring price of education, have left people in their 50s and 60s supporting adult children and older relatives. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "A Generation of Americans Is Entering Old Age the Least Prepared in Decades," 22 June 2018 Moving Forward The thaw in relations will allow both countries to cut back on defense spending to redirect funds elsewhere, such as to education and roads. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Landmark Peace Declaration Ends ‘State of War’ Between Ethiopia and Eritrea," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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