To bring up or guide the powers of, as a child; to develop and cultivate, whether physically, mentally, or morally, but more commonly limited to the mental activities or senses; to expand, strengthen, and discipline, as the mind, a faculty, etc.; to form and regulate the principles and character of; to prepare and fit for any calling or business by systematic instruction; to cultivate; to train; to instruct; as, to educate a child; to educate the eye or the taste.
- To develop the innate capacities of, especially by schooling or instruction. See Synonyms at teach.
- To provide with knowledge or training in a particular area or for a particular purpose: decided to educate herself in foreign languages; entered a seminary to be educated for the priesthood.
- To provide with information; inform: a campaign that educated the public about the dangers of smoking.
- To bring to an understanding or acceptance: hoped to educate the voters to the need for increased spending on public schools.
- To stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of.
- To develop or refine (one's taste or appreciation, for example).
- To teach or instruct a person or group.