To educate is defined as to teach a skill or subject, or provide with information.verb
- An example of educate is for a teacher to instruct her students in math.
- An example of educate is to explain the details of choosing a good wine.
- to train or develop the knowledge, skill, mind, or character of, esp. by formal schooling or study; teach; instruct
- to form and develop (one's taste, etc.)
- to pay for the schooling of (a person)
Origin: ME educaten < L educatus, pp. of educare, to bring up, rear, or train < educere < e-, out + ducere, to lead: see duct
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verb ed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing, ed·u·cates verb, transitive
- To develop the innate capacities of, especially by schooling or instruction. See Synonyms at teach.
- To provide with knowledge or training in a particular area or for a particular purpose: decided to educate herself in foreign languages; entered a seminary to be educated for the priesthood.
- a. To provide with information; inform: a campaign that educated the public about the dangers of smoking.b. To bring to an understanding or acceptance: hoped to educate the voters to the need for increased spending on public schools.
- To stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of.
- To develop or refine (one's taste or appreciation, for example).
Origin: Middle English educaten, from Latin ēducāre, ēducātus; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.