To educate is to teach, train, or inform someone. Teachers educate students.

If the word educate makes you think of children, you're not far off. It comes from the Latin word educare meaning to "bring up, rear.” In the 1500s, Shakespeare borrowed it to mean "schooling." These days, any time you're in a classroom listening to a lecture, reading a book, or speaking with a teacher, you're being educated. Teachers educate students all the way from preschool to graduate school. Almost any experience can educate if you learn from it.

Definitions of educate
  1. verb
    give an education to
    “We must educate our youngsters better”
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    socialise, socialize
    train for a social environment
    groom, prepare, train
    educate for a future role or function
    co-educate, coeducate
    educate persons of both sexes together
    educate in or as if in a school
    dispose, qualify
    make fit or prepared
    educate (one's children) at home instead of sending (them) to a school
    type of:
    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  2. verb
    create by training and teaching
    synonyms: develop, prepare, train
    build up, develop
    change the use of and make available or usable
    prepare, train
    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    groom, prepare, train
    educate for a future role or function
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    teach new skills
    train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
    house-train, housebreak
    train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
    train (a small child) to use the toilet
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    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
  3. verb
    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    synonyms: civilise, civilize, cultivate, school, train
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    make less natural or innocent
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    down, fine-tune, polish, refine
    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
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