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verb educate pronunciation in British English /ˈedjʊkeɪt/
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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: He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.
    More and more parents are choosing to educate their children at home.
    educate someone in something: Children were educated in both arts and sciences.
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      [intransitive/transitive] to give someone necessary or useful knowledge
      The BBC’s mission is to inform, 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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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