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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Recent Examples on the Web The state’s medical education and research agency has been administering HCQ to patients in public hospitals and clinics, according to court records. Washington Post, "Trump’s use of malaria drug likely to be welcomed in India," 19 May 2020 And while bankruptcy and default aren’t in the cards, the state would likely have to sharply reduce spending on things like education and social services without additional federal aid. Shruti Singh,, "Pritzker Finds Running Most-Troubled U.S. State Only Gets Harder," 18 May 2020 The overdose education and naloxone distribution has started at Kenton County. Terry Demio,, "Kenton County inmates get naloxone upon release from stepped up UK study," 18 May 2020 The study calculated costs to the state in education and health care services, as well as incarcerations. Benjamin Wermund,, "Illegal immigration is not a drain on Texas economy, new study finds," 18 May 2020 This single mother of two, ages 10 and 13, balances overseeing her children’s education and counseling Latino parents working in hotels and restaurants on how to find child care. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus child care crisis tops concerns as nation pushes to reopen. Parents ask: Who will watch our children?," 17 May 2020 So there are two missions: education and social work. Eric Adelson, Detroit Free Press, "She's racing to help homeless kids — but can't reach them during pandemic," 16 May 2020 The Reese Foundation, created in 1998 by Mike and Pamela Reese, has provided philanthropic support to the visual arts, education and the environment. Houston Chronicle News Services, Houston Chronicle, "Alumnus’ $1 million gift to UT creates product design focus," 11 May 2020 There are large disparities on the basis of race and ethnicity, education and income. Deborah Widiss, The Conversation, "Parental leave laws don’t do enough for single moms – but there’s a way to fix that," 6 May 2020

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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