Definition of educate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    educate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈedʒukeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedʒukeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they educate
    BrE BrE//ˈedʒukeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedʒukeɪt//
     
    he / she / it educates
    BrE BrE//ˈedʒukeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedʒukeɪts//
     
    past simple educated
    BrE BrE//ˈedʒukeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedʒukeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle educated
    BrE BrE//ˈedʒukeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedʒukeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form educating
    BrE BrE//ˈedʒukeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedʒukeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [often passive] educate somebody to teach somebody over a period of time at a school, university, etc. She was educated in the US. He was educated at his local comprehensive school and then at Oxford.
  2. 2  to teach somebody about something or how to do something educate somebody (in/on something) Children need to be educated on the dangers of drug-taking. educate somebody to do something The campaign is intended to educate the public to respect the environment.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin educat- ‘led out’, from the verb educare, related to educere ‘lead out’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + ducere ‘to lead’.Extra examples He was educated at Eton. We must educate people into recycling more of their rubbish. We recognize the need to educate doctors on how to deal with these patients. parents who can afford to educate their children privately trying to educate young people about the dangers of taking drugs Their task was to inform, educate and entertain the viewers.
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