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

n the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill

“he received no formal education
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
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any specific behavior

n 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
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acquisition, learning
the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

n 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
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cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n 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)

n the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)

breeding, training
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properties acquired during a person's formative years

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