verb (used with object), ed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing.

  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), ed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing.

  1. to educate a person or group: A television program that educates can also entertain.

verb (mainly tr)

  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

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.

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