Educate Definition

educated, educates, educating
educated, educates, educating
To train or develop the knowledge, skill, mind, or character of, esp. by formal schooling or study; teach; instruct.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To form and develop (one's taste, etc.)
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To pay for the schooling of (a person)
Webster's New World

Origin of Educate

  • 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”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English educaten from Latin ēducāre ēducātus deuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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