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

Other Words from education

educational \ ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce education (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
educationally \ ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shnəl-​ē How to pronounce education (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Friends of Detroit City Airport partners with the Civil Air Patrol, which was founded in 1941 and meets with youths at the airport on Wednesday evenings for cadet programs and classes on aerospace education. Donovan Fobbs And Ridhima Kodali, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2022 The University of North Florida is also focusing on education, said Dr. Valerie Morrison, director of Student Health Services. Naomi Thomas And Neeraj G. Patel, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 The former dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs was a member of the three-person CEA during the Obama administration and had a long career as a labor economist with a focus on education. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 This time the pendulum has swung the other way, and in November voters will decide on a ballot initiative that would raise taxes on the wealthy to help fund spending on education and transportation. Shirley Leung,, 8 Aug. 2022 However, anyone can contract monkeypox, and, at the end of the day, education is what's most important in reducing the your risk of infection. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 5 Aug. 2022 On education, Hobbs supports universal pre-kindergarten and wants to raise teacher pay. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 School board candidates especially must be asked about their perspective on education of students with disabilities. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 31 July 2022 That means the cost of regular testing could amount to about 4% of Henan’s general public budget expenditure last year, exceeding total spending on education in 2021. Wall Street Journal Staff, WSJ, 31 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of education

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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13 Aug 2022

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“Education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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