February 22, 2010

Word of the Week

ed·u·cate   [ej-oo-keyt]

-verb (used with object)

1. to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling.
2. to qualify by instruction or training for a particular calling, practice, etc.; train: to educate someone for law.
3. to provide schooling or training for; send to school.
4. to develop or train (the ear, taste, etc.): to educate one's palate to appreciate fine food.
5. to inform: to educate oneself about the best course of action.

–verb (used without object)

6. to educate a person or group: A television program that educates can also entertain.

1580–90; < L ēducātus brought up, taught (ptp. of ēducāre), equiv. to ē- e- + -duc- lead + -ātus -ate1

—Related forms
o·ver·ed·u·cate, verb (used with object),-cat·ed, -cat·ing.
pre·ed·u·cate, verb (used with object),-cat·ed, -cat·ing.

1. instruct, school, drill, indoctrinate.

educate. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/educate

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