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

transitive verb

: to provide schooling for
chose to educate their children at home
: to train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession
: to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction
: to provide with information : inform
educating themselves about changes in the industry
: to persuade or condition to feel, believe, or act in a desired way
educate the public to support our position

intransitive verb

: to educate a person or thing
Choose the Right Synonym for educate

teach, instruct, educate, train, discipline, school mean to cause to acquire knowledge or skill.

teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn.

taught us a lot about our planet

instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching.

instructs raw recruits in military drill

educate implies development of the mind.

more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person

train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view.

trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft

discipline implies training in habits of order and precision.

a disciplined mind

school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master.

schooled the horse in five gaits

Example Sentences

Parents trust schools to educate their children. The job of our public schools is to educate.
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Word History


Middle English, to rear, from Latin educatus, past participle of educare to rear, educate, from educere to lead forth — more at educe

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of educate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Educate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ed·​u·​cate ˈej-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce educate (audio)
educated; educating
: to provide schooling for
: to develop the mind and morals of especially by instruction

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