Definition of “educational” - English Dictionary

“educational” in British English

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uk /ˌedʒ.uˈkeɪ.ʃən.əl/ us /ˌedʒ.əˈkeɪ.ʃən.əl/

B2 providing education or relating to education:

Reducing the size of classes may improve educational standards.
She seems to have spent all her life studying in educational establishments/institutions.
humorous My father has never been to a rock concert before - it'll be an educational experience for him (= a new experience from which he can learn).

More examples

  • A new educational programme has been set up for economically disadvantaged children.
  • She was the last of the great educational reformers.
  • The educational system was a model for those of many other countries.
  • These children have special educational needs and require one-to-one attention.
  • The equipment could be used for a variety of educational purposes.
adverb uk /ˌedʒ.uˈkeɪ.ʃən.əl.i/ us /ˌedʒ.əˈkeɪ.ʃən.əl.i/

The woman who committed the crime was educationally disadvantaged.

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

“educational” in American English

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us /ˌedʒ·əˈkeɪ·ʃən·əl/

teaching something, or relating to education:

Traveling abroad will be an educational experience for her.

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

“educational” in Business English

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/ˌedjʊˈkeɪʃənəl/ uk us

relating to education:

an educational establishment/institution
Boys and girls must have the same educational opportunities.

intended to teach someone something, or having the result of teaching someone something:

We develop educational software for use in schools.
He described his trip to China as 'very educational'.

(Definition of “educational” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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