self-ed·​u·​cate ˌself-ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce self-educate (audio)
self-educated; self-educating; self-educates

transitive verb

: to educate oneself
Libraries of all types, at their very roots, seek to provide people with the opportunity to explore knowledge and to self-educate throughout their lives.Jean Donham
The important lesson is to self-educate [=inform yourself] and research products that are safe and beneficial for your pets.Joanna Bronson

Examples of self-educate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instagram and TikTok have completely changed how new watch buyers self-educate. Cameron Barr, Robb Report, 24 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-educate was in 1909

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“Self-educate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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