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” )
Explanation of educate by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
Definition of educate by GCIDE Dictionary