To educate is to teach, train, or inform someone. Teachers educate students.

If the word educate makes you think of children, you’re not far off. It comes from the Latin word educare meaning to “bring up, rear.” In the 1500s, Shakespeare borrowed it to mean “schooling.” These days, any time you’re in a classroom listening to a lecture, reading a book, or speaking with a teacher, you’re being educated. Teachers educate students all the way from preschool to graduate school. Almost any experience can educate if you learn from it.

Definitions of educate
  1. verb

    give an education to

    “We must
    educate our youngsters better”
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    socialise, socialize

    train for a social environment
    groom, prepare, train

    educate for a future role or function
    co-educate, coeducate

    educate persons of both sexes together

    educate in or as if in a school
    dispose, qualify

    make fit or prepared

    educate (one’s children) at home instead of sending (them) to a school
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    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

    to make better

  2. verb

    create by training and teaching

    develop, prepare, train

    build up, develop

    change the use of and make available or usable
    prepare, train

    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    groom, prepare, train

    educate for a future role or function
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    teach new skills

    train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
    house-train, housebreak

    train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house

    train (a small child) to use the toilet
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    instruct, learn, teach

    impart skills or knowledge to

  3. verb

    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

    civilise, civilize, cultivate, school, train
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    make less natural or innocent
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    down, fine-tune, polish, refine

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

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