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verb educate pronunciation in American English /ˈedʒəˌkeɪt/
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present tense
present participleeducating
past tenseeducated
past participleeducated
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  1. [transitive] [often passive] to teach someone, usually for several years, especially at a school, college, or university
    educate someone at something: She was educated at Smith College and Yale Law School.
    More and more parents are choosing to educate their children at home.
    educate someone in something: All the children were educated in both arts and sciences.
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      [intransitive/transitive] to give someone necessary or useful knowledge
      a TV miniseries that will both educate, and entertain
      educate someone about something: The mining museum was built to educate people about their local history.
      educate someone to do something: Our job is to educate young people to think about the environment.


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