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

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.
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education (ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of acquiring knowledge, esp systematically during childhood and adolescence
2.  the knowledge or training acquired by this process: his education has been invaluable to him
3.  the act or process of imparting knowledge, esp at a school, college, or university: education is my profession
4.  the theory of teaching and learning: a course in education
5.  a particular kind of instruction or training: a university education; consumer education

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from L. educationem, from educare (see educate). Originally of education in social codes and manners; meaning "systematic schooling and training for work" is from 1610s. Educationese "the jargon of school administrators" is from 1966; educrat first attested 1968,
usually pejorative, second element from bureaucrat (q.v.).
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