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Meaning of educate by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    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” )


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    • educate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • educate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of educate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. create by training and teaching

    2. give an education to

    3. We must educate our youngsters better
    4. teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

    Definition of educate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. educate ( ĕdukāt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Educated ( ĕdukātĕd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Educating ( ĕdukātĭng ).] [L. educatus, p. p. of educare to bring up a child physically or mentally, to educate, fr. educere to lead forth, bring up ( a child ). See Educe.] To bring up or guide the powers of, as a child; to develop and cultivate, whether physically, mentally, or morally, but more commonly limited to the mental activities or senses; to expand, strengthen, and discipline, as the mind, a faculty, etc.; to form and regulate the principles and character of; to prepare and fit for any calling or business by systematic instruction; to cultivate; to train; to instruct; as, “to educate a child; to educate the eye or the taste.”

      Syn. -- To develop; instruct; teach; inform; enlighten; edify; bring up; train; breed; rear; discipline; indoctrinate.