- To educate is defined as to teach a skill or subject, or provide with information.
- 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.
A woman educates a little girl.
transitive verbeducated, educating
- 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 of educateMiddle English educaten ; from Classical Latin educatus, past participle of educare, to bring up, rear, or train ; from educere ; from e-, out + ducere, to lead: see duct
verbed·u·cat·ed, ed·u·cat·ing, ed·u·cates
- To develop the mental, moral, or social capabilities 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.
- To provide with information, as in an effort to gain support for a position or to influence behavior: hoped to educate the voters about the need for increased spending on public schools.
- To develop or refine (one's taste or appreciation, for example).
Origin of educateMiddle English educaten, from Latin ēducāre, ēducātus; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present educates, present participle educating, simple past and past participle educated)
From Latin educatus, past participle of educare (“to bring up (a child, physically or mentally), rear, educate, train (a person in learning or art), nourish, support, or produce (plants or animals)”), frequentive of educere, past participle eductus (“to bring up, rear (a child, usually with reference to bodily nurture or support, while educare refers more frequently to the mind)”), from e (“out”) + ducere (“to lead, draw”)