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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 of educate
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 from the Web for over-educated
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  • My world-wide priesthood, with their endless variety of costume, to one not over-educated gentleman in a white sheet?

    Yeast: A Problem Charles Kingsley
  • At Rosebury no one thought of being so silly as to be over-educated.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • He was anchored in his dugout close beside us, and grinned with delight as he saw his over-educated trout refuse my best casts.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • A garden may easily be over-educated, and that which is good in itself may suffer from improvement.

  • He is a Swede of Swedes, with all the traditions of the over-educated Swede.

    Ten Years Near the German Frontier Maurice Francis Egan
  • It is because they are under-educated, not over-educated, that the children of the very poor so often go wrong.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • She is over-educated now, and knows far more than most girls of her age.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • It was held then that a student might be over-educated, and the more he knew the more his religious zeal diminished.

  • It has been the custom of late to speak as if the children of Queen Victoria had been over-educated and over-stimulated.

  • They are observed, watched—and if the parents are so disposed, carefully educated, and often over-watched and over-educated.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for over-educated

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 over-educated
adj.

1788, from over- + educated.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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