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See also: éducation and êducâtion


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From Middle French éducation, from Latin ēducātiō ‎(a breeding, bringing up, rearing), from ēdūcō ‎(I educate, train), from ēdūcō ‎(I lead forth, I take out; I raise up, I erect). See educate.


  • IPA(key): /ˌɛdʒʊˈkeɪʃn/, /ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃn/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • Hyphenation: ed‧u‧ca‧tion


education ‎(plural educations)

  1. (uncountable) The process or art of imparting knowledge, skill and judgment.
    • 2013 July 19, Mark Tran, “Denied an education by war”, 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.
    A good teacher is essential for a good education.
  2. (countable) Facts, skills and ideas that have been learned, either formally or informally.
    • 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, 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.

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