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educate (v.)

mid-15c., educaten, "bring up (children), to train," from Latin educatus, past participle of educare "bring up, rear, educate" (source also of Italian educare, Spanish educar, French éduquer), which is a frequentative of or otherwise related to educere "bring out, lead forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ducere "to lead," from PIE root *deuk- "to lead." Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1580s. Related: Educated; educating.

According to "Century Dictionary," educere, of a child, is "usually with reference to bodily nurture or support, while educare refers more frequently to the mind," and, "There is no authority for the common statement that the primary sense of education is to 'draw out or unfold the powers of the mind.'"

Origin and meaning of educate

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Definitions of educate from WordNet

educate (v.)
give an education to;
We must educate our youngsters better
educate (v.)
create by training and teaching;
Synonyms: train / develop / prepare
educate (v.)
teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment;
Synonyms: school / train / cultivate / civilize / civilise
From wordnet.princeton.edu