re·​ed·​u·​cate | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce reeducate (audio) \
reeducated; reeducating; reeducates

Definition of reeducate

transitive verb

: to train again especially : to rehabilitate through education

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Other Words from reeducate

reeducation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce reeducation (audio) \ noun
reeducative \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈe-​jə-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce reeducative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of reeducate in a Sentence

The program reeducates people about how to eat in a more healthful way. We need to reeducate the workers who lost their jobs when the factory closed.
Recent Examples on the Web So my son had to educate and reeducate himself to the new and the old simultaneously, not unlike Jerry Garcia and the guitar after his stroke. Mike Mikula, Washington Post, "What happened when my son slacked his way through algebra and we didn’t bail him out," 8 Aug. 2019 With great power come great headaches, however, and since landing in the United States, Holmstén has had to reeducate those used to the old favor-trading. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 Pacify and imprison the elders; separate, indoctrinate and reeducate the youngsters; protect the supply routes at all costs: This was the order of the day. Matthew Farwell, The New Republic, "America’s Once and Future Concentration Camp," 3 July 2019 There was a public-health push to reeducate people about what this kind of suffering looks like. Jessica Knoll, The Cut, "I Dated My Rapist," 17 Oct. 2017 Phase 2, let’s try to get the muscles to reeducate. Dave Quinn,, "Lady Gaga Sobs 'I'm Alone' in Mysterious New Preview for Her Five Foot Two Documentary," 24 Aug. 2017 This month, Wellerstein and other researchers launched Reinventing Civil Defense, a nonprofit project that over the next two years will examine how best to reeducate the American public on the nuclear threat — one that never went away. Ralph Vartabedian,, "Duck and cover 2.0: How North Korea is prompting new efforts to prepare for a nuclear attack," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of reeducate

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reeducate was in 1779

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English Language Learners Definition of reeducate

: to teach (someone) to do or understand something in a new way
: to train (someone) for a different job


transitive verb
re·​ed·​u·​cate | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈej-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce reeducate (audio) \
reeducated; reeducating

Medical Definition of reeducate

: to subject to reeducation

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