Definition of educate in English:


Syllabification: ed·u·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈejəˌkāt


[with object]
1Give intellectual, moral, and social instruction to (someone, especially a child), typically at a school or university: she was educated at a boarding school
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  • She suggests that the focus of the community college be on educating students and encouraging students to become active and responsible citizens.
  • It is devoted to the responsibility of universities in educating their students and preparing them for life in this century.
  • How can we as teachers educate students to be more sophisticated laborers?
guide, inform, enlighten;
inculcate, indoctrinate;
formal edify
1.1Provide or pay for instruction for (one’s child), especially at a school.
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  • That way parents can educate their children in schools that are paid for by the state but not run by the state.
  • Boys are given more preference, so the poor families think that one day girl will go after her marriage, so there is no worth of educating a girl child.
1.2Give (someone) training in or information on a particular field: the need to educate people to conserve water a plan to educate the young on the dangers of drug-taking
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  • Well, it served the purposes of the real corporate aristocracy to let them believe that until they had created the means of training and educating their replacements.
  • Thus, now is the best time for all traditional leaders to start educating their subjects on the importance of storing their crops properly.
  • You also get the chance to be educated in almost any subject there is and get paid good money to be in the army.


late Middle English: from Latin educat- 'led out', from the verb educare, related to educere 'lead out' (see educe).

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