Decided to educate herself in foreign languages; entered a seminary to be educated for the priesthood.
Hoped to educate the voters about the need for increased spending on public schools.
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.
Origin of educate
- Middle English educaten from Latin ēducāre ēducātus deuk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”)