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education (n.)

1530s, "child-rearing," also "the training of animals," from French education (14c.) and directly from Latin educationem (nominative educatio) "a rearing, training," noun of action from past-participle stem of educare (see educate). Originally of instruction in social codes and manners; meaning "systematic schooling and training for work" is from 1610s.

All education is despotism. [William Godwin, "Enquirer," 1797] 

Origin and meaning of education

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Definitions of education from WordNet
1
education (n.)
the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill;
he received no formal education
Synonyms: instruction / teaching / pedagogy / didactics / educational activity
education (n.)
knowledge acquired by learning and instruction;
it was clear that he had a very broad education
education (n.)
the gradual process of acquiring knowledge;
a girl's education was less important than a boy's
education is a preparation for life
education (n.)
the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university);
education (n.)
the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior);
Synonyms: training / breeding
2
Education (n.)
the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979;
Synonyms: Department of Education / Education Department
From wordnet.princeton.edu