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[ej-oo-key-shuh n] /ˌɛdʒ ʊˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
a degree, level, or kind of schooling:
a university education.
the result produced by instruction, training, or study:
to show one's education.
the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.
1525-35; (< Middle French) < Latin ēducātiōn- (stem of ēducātiō), equivalent to ēducāt(us) (see educate) + -iōn- -ion
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antieducation, adjective
noneducation, noun
overeducation, noun
preeducation, noun
proeducation, adjective
supereducation, noun
1. instruction, schooling, learning. Education, training imply a discipline and development by means of study and learning. Education is the development of the abilities of the mind (learning to know): a liberal education. Training is practical education (learning to do) or practice, usually under supervision, in some art, trade, or profession: training in art, teacher training. 4. learning, knowledge, enlightenment. Education, culture are often used interchangeably to mean the results of schooling. Education, however, suggests chiefly the information acquired. Culture is a mode of thought and feeling encouraged by education. It suggests an aspiration toward, and an appreciation of high intellectual and esthetic ideals: The level of culture in a country depends upon the education of its people. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for education


the act or process of acquiring knowledge, esp systematically during childhood and adolescence
the knowledge or training acquired by this process: his education has been invaluable to him
the act or process of imparting knowledge, esp at a school, college, or university: education is my profession
the theory of teaching and learning: a course in education
a particular kind of instruction or training: a university education, consumer education
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Word Origin and History for education

1530s, "childrearing," also "the training of animals," from Middle French education (14c.) and directly from Latin educationem (nominative educatio), from past participle stem of educare (see educate). Originally of education in social codes and manners; meaning "systematic schooling and training for work" is from 1610s.

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Encyclopedia Article for education

discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in schools or school-like environments as opposed to various nonformal and informal means of socialization (e.g., rural development projects and education through parent-child relationships).

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