Whenever you learn something new, you are getting some amount of education. You might get your education in school, where you're learning to speak French, or in your garage, where you're learning how to repair your bike.

Back in the 1500s, the word education meant "the raising of children," but it also meant "the training of animals." While there are probably a few teachers who feel like animal trainers, education these days has come to mean either "teaching" or "the process of acquiring knowledge."

Definitions of education
  1. noun
    the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
    “he received no formal education
    synonyms: didactics, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching
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    education of men and women in the same institutions
    continuing education
    a program of instruction designed primarily for adult students who participate part-time
    class, course, course of instruction, course of study
    education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
    elementary education
    education in elementary subjects (reading and writing and arithmetic) provided to young students at a grade school
    extension, extension service, university extension
    an educational opportunity provided by colleges and universities to people who are not enrolled as regular students
    extracurricular activity
    educational activities not falling within the scope of the regular curriculum
    higher education
    education provided by a college or university
    secondary education
    education beyond the elementary grades; provided by a high school or college preparatory school
    team teaching
    a method of coordinated classroom teaching involving a team of teachers working together with a single group of students
    work-study program
    an educational plan in which students alternate between paid employment and formal study
    adult education
    a course (via lectures or correspondence) for adults who are not otherwise engaged in formal study
    art class
    a class in which you learn to draw or paint
    childbirth-preparation class
    a course that teaches pregnant women to use breathing and concentration and exercise techniques to use during labor
    participation in theatrical productions as an extracurricular activity
    participation in sports events as an extracurricular activity
    correspondence course
    a course offered (by mail) by a correspondence school
    course of lectures
    a series of lectures dealing with a subject
    directed study
    a course of study that is supervised and controlled by a specialist in the subject
    elective, elective course
    a course that the student can select from among alternatives
    extension course
    a course offered as part of an extension service
    home study
    a course of study carried out at home rather than in a classroom
    industrial arts
    a course in the methods of using tools and machinery as taught in secondary schools and technical schools
    orientation, orientation course
    a course introducing a new situation or environment
    propaedeutic, propaedeutics
    a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally)
    refresher, refresher course
    a course that reviews and updates a topic for those who have not kept abreast of developments
    required course
    a course that all students are required to take
    a course offered for a small group of advanced students
    shop, shop class
    a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity)
    a brief intensive course for a small group; emphasizes problem solving
    type of:
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
    education is a preparation for life”
    “a girl's education was less important than a boy's”
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    acculturation, assimilation
    the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
    becoming proficient in the use of something; having mastery of
    self-cultivation, self-education
    the process of educating yourself
    school, schooling
    the process of being formally educated at a school
    special education
    education of physically or mentally handicapped children whose needs cannot be met in an ordinary classroom
    vocational education, vocational training
    training for a specific vocation in industry or agriculture or trade
    the gradual and unconscious absorption of knowledge or ideas
    type of:
    acquisition, learning
    the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
  3. noun
    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
    “it was clear that he had a very broad education
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    physical education
    training in the development of and care for the human body; stresses athletics; includes hygiene
    the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
    encyclopaedism, encyclopedism, eruditeness, erudition, learnedness, learning, scholarship
    profound scholarly knowledge
    education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
    foundation, grounding
    education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
    familiarisation, familiarization
    the experience of becoming familiar with something
    skill and experience in matters relating to the woods (as hunting or fishing or camping)
    scholarly attainment
    edification, sophistication
    uplifting enlightenment
    (Zen Buddhism) a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment
    type of:
    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
  4. noun
    the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
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    instruction, pedagogy, teaching
    the profession of a teacher
    oral religious instruction (as before baptism or confirmation)
    catechetical instruction
    teaching religious principles by questions and answers
    language teaching
    teaching people to speak and understand a foreign language
    teaching reading
    teaching beginners to read
    the act of teaching at school
    teaching someone to accept doctrines uncritically
    tuition, tutelage, tutorship
    teaching pupils individually (usually by a tutor hired privately)
    a unit of instruction
    hypnopedia, sleep-learning
    teaching during sleep (as by using recordings to teach a foreign language to someone who is asleep)
    teaching in an overly simplified way that discourages independent thought
    lecture, lecturing
    teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)
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    an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
  5. noun
    the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
    synonyms: breeding, training
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    properties acquired during a person's formative years
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