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[ej-oo-keyt] /ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), educated, educating.
to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling.
to qualify by instruction or training for a particular calling, practice, etc.; train:
to educate someone for law.
to provide schooling or training for; send to school.
to develop or train (the ear, taste, etc.):
to educate one's palate to appreciate fine food.
to inform:
to educate oneself about the best course of action.
verb (used without object), educated, educating.
to educate a person or group:
A television program that educates can also entertain.
Origin of educate
1580-90; < Latin ēducātus brought up, taught (past participle of ēducāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + -duc- lead + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
overeducate, verb (used with object), overeducated, overeducating.
preeducate, verb (used with object), preeducated, preeducating.
Synonym Study
1. See teach. Unabridged
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  • We are committed to presenting exhibits that will entertain and educate our local community and visitors from around the world.
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  • They will make posters to educate coastal residents and visitors about human impacts on marine life.
  • Cyber and non-wired citizens must continually educate and inform government policy makers.
  • Great societies could no longer educate only the chosen few.
  • It is small but with big ambitions, both to educate and to delight.
British Dictionary definitions for educate


verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to impart knowledge by formal instruction to (a pupil); teach
to provide schooling for (children): I have educated my children at the best schools
to improve or develop (a person, judgment, taste, skills, etc)
to train for some particular purpose or occupation
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēducāre to rear, educate, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for educate

mid-15c., "bring up (children), train," from Latin educatus, past participle of educare "bring up, rear, educate," which is related to educere "bring out, lead forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1580s. Related: Educated; educating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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