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

v 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
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ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v create by training and teaching

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

v teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

civilise, civilize, cultivate, school, train
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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