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English definition of “educate”


verb [T]    /ˈedʒ·əˌkeɪt/
to teach someone, esp . in the formal system of schools : His application form says he was educated in Germany. It’s every citizen’s responsibility to be educated about his or her rights . educated    /ˈedʒ·əˌkeɪt̬·əd/ adjective a highly educated man
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