higher education


: education beyond the secondary level
especially : education provided by a college or university

Example Sentences

Students and their parents worry about the rising cost of higher education.
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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of higher education was in 1834

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“Higher education.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20education. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

higher education

: education provided by a college or university

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