-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
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.
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