from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of educating or being educated.
- n. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
- n. A program of instruction of a specified kind or level: driver education; a college education.
- n. The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
- n. An instructive or enlightening experience: Her work in the inner city was a real education.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process or art of imparting knowledge, skill and judgment.
- n. Facts, skills and ideas that have been learned, either formally or informally.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The imparting or acquisition of knowledge; mental and moral training; cultivation of the mind, feelings, and manners.
- n. The rearing of animals, especially bees, silkworms, or the like; culture, as of bacteria in experimenting; a brood or collection of cultivated creatures.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
- n. the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
- n. knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
- n. the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
- n. the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979
- n. the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
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. (Wiktionary)