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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To develop the innate capacities of, especially by schooling or instruction. See Synonyms at teach.
  • transitive v. To provide with knowledge or training in a particular area or for a particular purpose: decided to educate herself in foreign languages; entered a seminary to be educated for the priesthood.
  • transitive v. To provide with information; inform: a campaign that educated the public about the dangers of smoking.
  • transitive v. To bring to an understanding or acceptance: hoped to educate the voters to the need for increased spending on public schools.
  • transitive v. To stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of.
  • transitive v. To develop or refine (one's taste or appreciation, for example).
  • intransitive v. To teach or instruct a person or group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to instruct or train

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impart knowledge and mental and moral training to; develop mentally and morally by instruction; cultivate; qualify by instruction and training for the business and duties of life.
  • Synonyms To teach, rear, discipline, develop, nurture, breed, indoctrinate, school, drill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
  • v. give an education to
  • v. create by training and teaching

Etymologies

Middle English educaten, from Latin ēducāre, ēducātus; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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") (Wiktionary)

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