Definition of “educate” - English Dictionary

“educate” in British English

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educateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈedʒ.u.keɪt/ us /ˈedʒ.ə.keɪt/

B2 to teach someone, especially using the formal system of school, college, or university:

The form says he was educated in Africa.
How much does it cost to educate a child privately?
The government say they are trying to do more to educate the public about the consequences of drug abuse.

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  • Most children's television programmes aim to educate and entertain at the same time.
  • Children need to be educated about the way that diet and health interrelate.
  • A small number of children are educated at home.
  • She was privately educated.
  • It is important to educate children before they become sexually active.

(Definition of “educate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“educate” in American English

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educateverb [ T ]

us /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.
adjective us /ˈedʒ·əˌkeɪt̬·əd/

a highly educated man

(Definition of “educate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)