having undergone education: educated people.
characterized by or displaying qualities of culture and learning.
based on some information or experience: an educated estimate of next year's sales.

1660–70; educate + -ed2

half-educated, adjective
noneducated, adjective
quasi-educated, adjective
supereducated, adjective
undereducated, adjective
well-educated, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), educated, educating.
to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling. instruct, school, drill, indoctrinate.
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.

1580–90; < Latin ēducātus brought up, taught (past participle of ēducāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + -duc- lead + -ātus -ate1

overeducate, verb (used with object), overeducated, overeducating.
preeducate, verb (used with object), preeducated, preeducating.

1. See teach. Unabridged
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educate (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪt)
1.  (also intr) 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
[C15: from Latin ēducāre to rear, educate, from dūcere to lead]

educated (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪtɪd)
1.  having an education, esp a good one
2.  displaying culture, taste, and knowledge; cultivated
3.  (prenominal) based on experience or information (esp in the phrase an educated guess)

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. educatus, pp. of educare "bring up, rear, educate," which is related to educere "bring out," from ex- "out" + ducere "to lead" (see duke). Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1588 in Shakespeare.

pp. adj. from educate. As an abbreviated way to say well-educated, attested from 1855. Educated guess first attested 1954.
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Example sentences
Many of these gang leaders are highly intelligent and, though self-educated, extremely well read.
If you were a white and college educated in the oil business, you probably had
  a fabulous year.
They would be the ones to invest the big money into a propaganda campaign to
  convince less educated people that it was a hoax.
But it can make an educated guess using census data, other surveys, and
  population registers.
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