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Borrowed from Middle French éducation, from Latin ēducātiō (a breeding, bringing up, rearing), from ēducō (I educate, train), from ēdūcō (I lead forth, I take out; I raise up, I erect). See educate. Morphologically educate +‎ -ion


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɛd͡ʒ.ʊˈkeɪ.ʃən/, /ˌɛd.jʊˈkeɪ.ʃən/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɛd͡ʒ.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/, /ˌɛd͡ʒ.ʊˈkeɪ.ʃən/
  • Hyphenation: e‧du‧ca‧tion
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


education (countable and uncountable, plural educations)

  1. (uncountable) The process of imparting knowledge, skill and judgment.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:education
    • 2013 July 19, Mark Tran, “Denied an education by war”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 1:
      One particularly damaging, but often ignored, effect of conflict on education is the proliferation of attacks on schools [] as children, teachers or school buildings become the targets of attacks. Parents fear sending their children to school. Girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.
    Good education is essential for a well-run society.
  2. (countable) Facts, skills and ideas that have been learned, especially through formal instruction.
    • 2006 Feb. 17, Graham Linehan, The IT Crowd, Season 1, Episode 4:
      Nuh-nuh-doin'-duh... Nuh-nuh-doin'-duh... We don't need no education...
      Yes, you do. You've just used a double negative.
    • 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19:
      It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. […] It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child's life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.
    He has had a classical education.
    The educations our children receive depend on their economic status.
  3. (now rare) Upbringing, rearing.
    • 1861, E. J. Guerin, Mountain Charley, page 23:
      I found them [my children] all I could wish and progressing rapidly under the truly maternal care of the kind Sisters who cared for their education.

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