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educate

[ej-oo-keyt] /ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), educated, educating.
1.
to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling.
2.
to qualify by instruction or training for a particular calling, practice, etc.; train:
to educate someone for law.
3.
to provide schooling or training for; send to school.
4.
to develop or train (the ear, taste, etc.):
to educate one's palate to appreciate fine food.
5.
to inform:
to educate oneself about the best course of action.
verb (used without object), educated, educating.
6.
to educate a person or group:
A television program that educates can also entertain.
Origin
1580-1590
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.
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Examples for educate
  • Trekking and information centers educate tourists and villagers alike.
  • Now some are using the controversy to educate the public about the realities of older adoption.
  • The lucky few whose parents can afford to educate them privately gain good exam results and sail into university.
  • They will practice some safety steps and will make signs to educate other kids and adults about these precautions.
  • We are committed to presenting exhibits that will entertain and educate our local community and visitors from around the world.
  • Their worlds are inventive, tell a great story or aim to educate.
  • 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

educate

/ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪt/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to impart knowledge by formal instruction to (a pupil); teach
2.
to provide schooling for (children) I have educated my children at the best schools
3.
to improve or develop (a person, judgment, taste, skills, etc)
4.
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
v.

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.

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