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 Once the tax structure is in place, 1%of receipts this year and $6 million each year after will go to the Commercial Gaming Fund for problem gambling education and treatment. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, "Mobile Sports Betting To Bring New York State 100% More In Tax Revenue Than Cannabis," 6 May 2021 The Ohio Lottery Commission would collect 10% of the proceeds for K-12 education and the remaining $18,000 would be divided among the winning tickets. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio would issue 40 sports betting licenses under Senate gaming bill," 6 May 2021 Biden hinted at the theme when answering questions from reporters after a Wednesday speech at the White House that also emphasized his separate $1.8 trillion plan for education and children to be funded by higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Josh Boak, Star Tribune, "Biden to push his big infrastructure plan in GOP stronghold," 6 May 2021 The answer for many public lands is a heavy dose of education and messaging about responsible outdoor recreation. Washington Post, "Higher prices and hard-to-find reservations: What to know about outdoor adventures this summer," 6 May 2021 Businesses were forced to shut down, residents lost their jobs and children’s education and extracurricular activities were canceled., "New Windsor election: Mayoral, council candidates make case for votes," 6 May 2021 The plan offers a combination of trillions in new government spending and taxes that the White House says will assist working-class families, improve early childhood education and narrow America's wealth gap. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Biden's American Families Plan will cost $900 billion more than White House predicts, study says," 5 May 2021 The new space could also help ASU researchers win more grants for their research, according to Stavros Kavouras, ASU assistant dean of graduate education and nutrition professor. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, "ASU, Phoenix hope to lure researchers, entrepreneurs with new downtown innovation center," 5 May 2021 Republican legislators acknowledge the risk that exists to federal relief for both public K-12 education and the state’s colleges and universities. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Class pets, weed boom, school robots: News from around our 50 states," 5 May 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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