educated

If you're educated, you've been to school or college, or otherwise been instructed or trained. Using long, fancy words will either make people think you're educated or that you're a show-off.

When you make an educated decision about something, you've learned about the subject before making up your mind — you've been educated or educated yourself, and you understand it completely. An educated conversation or debate about a topic is one in which both sides have knowledge about the issues. Educated comes from educate, with its Latin root, educare, which means both "educate" and "bring up or rear children."

Definitions of educated
  1. adjective
    possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
    Synonyms:
    civilised, civilized
    having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
    knowing, knowledgeable, learned, lettered, well-educated, well-read
    highly educated; having extensive information or understanding
    literate
    knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields
    self-educated
    educated by your own efforts rather than by formal instruction
    semiliterate
    literate but poorly informed
    numerate
    able to understand and use numbers
    enlightened
    having knowledge and spiritual insight
    informed
    having much knowledge or education
    intellectual
    appealing to or using the intellect
    literate
    able to read and write
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    Antonyms:
    uneducated
    not having a good education
    noncivilised, noncivilized
    not having a high state of culture and social development
    ignorant, illiterate
    uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field
    ignorant, nescient, unlearned, unlettered
    uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
    undereducated
    poorly or insufficiently educated
    unschooled, untaught, untutored
    lacking in schooling
    unstudied
    lacking knowledge gained by study often in a particular field
    innumerate
    lacking knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and methods
    unenlightened
    not enlightened; ignorant
    uninformed
    not informed; lacking in knowledge or information
    illiterate
    not able to read or write
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  2. adjective
    characterized by full comprehension of the problem involved
    “an educated guess”
    synonyms: enlightened
    informed
    having much knowledge or education
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