Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of education
Meaning of education by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From Latin ēducātiō ( “a breeding, bringing up, rearing” ), from ēdūcō ( “I educate, train” ), from ēdūcō ( “I lead forth, I take out; I raise up, I erect” ). See educate .


    • IPA: [ˌɛdʒʊˈkeɪʃn], [ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃn]
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    education ( plural: educations )

    1. ( uncountable ) The process or art of imparting knowledge, skill and judgment
      A good teacher is essential for a good education
    2. ( countable ) Facts, skills and ideas that have been learned, either formally or informally
      He has had a classical education .
      The educations our children receive depend on their economic status .

    Related terms


Explanation of education by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the profession of teaching ( especially at a school or college or university )

    2. the activities of educating or instructing

    3. he received no formal education
    4. the result of good upbringing ( especially knowledge of correct social behavior )

    5. the gradual process of acquiring knowledge

    6. education is a preparation for life
      a girl's education was less important than a boy's
    7. knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

    8. it was clear that he had a very broad education
    9. the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education ( including federal aid to educational institutions and students )

    Definition of education by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Education ( ?; 135 ), n. [L. educatio; cf. F. éducation.] The act or process of educating; the result of educating, as determined by the knowledge skill, or discipline of character, acquired; also, the act or process of training by a prescribed or customary course of study or discipline; as, “an education for the bar or the pulpit; he has finished his education.”

      To prepare us for complete living is the function which education has to discharge. H. Spenser.

      Syn. -- Education, Instruction, Teaching, Training, Breeding. Education, properly a drawing forth, implies not so much the communication of knowledge as the discipline of the intellect, the establishment of the principles, and the regulation of the heart. Instruction is that part of education which furnishes the mind with knowledge. Teaching is the same, being simply more familiar. It is also applied to practice; as, “teaching to speak a language; teaching a dog to do tricks”. Training is a department of education in which the chief element is exercise or practice for the purpose of imparting facility in any physical or mental operation. Breeding commonly relates to the manners and outward conduct.