Definition of education in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.

    ‘a course of education’
    • ‘But the local education authority has instructed a solicitor to establish who the rightful owner is.’
    • ‘Although this has not been a requirement for other modes of medical practice or education, its importance should not be neglected.’
    • ‘Are you describing online education as it is practiced today, or is this different?’
    • ‘As a focused team, we can affect legislation, education, and practice issues.’
    • ‘All three academies are also supported by their local education authorities.’
    • ‘This was all the more striking because he was by education an art historian.’
    • ‘In the public school system, education is compulsory from age six to age sixteen.’
    • ‘To many, adult education is nothing but literacy and remedial education aiming at teaching people how to read and write.’
    • ‘I am extremely disgusted by the practice of education in China today as a business.’
    • ‘In homeland they get subsidized education from public universities.’
    • ‘The purpose is to prevent our education from becoming obsolete and irrelevant within new global practices in education.’
    • ‘Many pharmacists feel they require more education to practice within the PC model.’
    • ‘We regularly do workshops for the local education authority in Schools.’
    • ‘Despite such broad shifts, the core practices of education remain essentially unchanged.’
    • ‘The modular format can link theory and practice, between education and skills used on the job.’
    • ‘Its role also includes the inspection of local education authorities, teacher training institutions and youth work.’
    • ‘So that serves as a good metaphor for the way I think education and practice have separated and not come together.’
    • ‘An important part of the mission for many community colleges is developmental education.’
    • ‘Ability comes from hard work, practice, education, blood, sweat and tears.’
    teaching, schooling, tuition, tutoring, instruction, pedagogy, andragogy, coaching, training, tutelage, drilling, preparation, guidance, indoctrination, inculcation, enlightenment, edification, cultivation, development, improvement, bettering
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    1. 1.1 The theory and practice of teaching.
      ‘colleges of education’
      • ‘Much research about medical education proceeds devoid of theory.’
      • ‘Current practice in mathematics education is deeply entrenched and pervasive.’
      • ‘Beth had received her degree in teacher education from a large public university in the southwest.’
      • ‘I was shocked out of my shoes because my master's degree from Hunter College was grounded in education.’
      • ‘I also had four students who would be majoring in art education in college.’
      • ‘In England he applied his theories to dance education and also to designing corrective exercises for factory workers.’
      • ‘Teaching undergraduate education does not singularly focus on skills and competencies.’
      • ‘Her first job involved sitting on the senior management board of the college of teacher education in Awassa.’
      • ‘The journal provides a forum for the discussion of the theory and practice of drama and theatre education.’
      • ‘Ideal presence was at the very center of his aesthetic, and it was, at bottom, a theory of visual education.’
    2. 1.2count noun A body of knowledge acquired while being educated.
      ‘his education is encyclopedic and eclectic’
      learning, knowledge, literacy, schooling, scholarship, enlightenment, cultivation, culture, refinement
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    3. 1.3 Information about or training in a particular subject.
      ‘health education’
      • ‘Let us be bold in addressing the issues of psychology education and training, for the next generation is here.’
      • ‘But how far does this aspiration tally with our own experience of medical education?’
      • ‘Should environmental education become a core subject in Australian schools?’
      • ‘In addition, lectures are organised for the families on topics such as health education and prevention of fire.’
      • ‘One challenge involved putting together information on drugs education.’
      • ‘Finally, results and their implications to pharmacy education and practice are discussed.’
      • ‘Thus, the perception of cannabis as a less dangerous drug is not mainly based on a lack of experience or drug education.’
      • ‘The information you give will be used to develop better health education for young people like yourself.’
      • ‘When will the Government open its eyes to the simple fact health education must promote abstinence outside marriage and fidelity within it?’
      • ‘Health education comes as second nature to soap operas.’
      • ‘Other recommendations include reversing the trend of mixed sex education and training staff in religious awareness.’
      • ‘This means that nursing care and assessments, the heart of nursing education, can be experienced.’
      • ‘Another story said he was conducting an experiment in political education.’
      understanding, insight, learning, knowledge, awareness, information, erudition, wisdom, instruction, teaching
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  • 2an educationAn enlightening experience.

    ‘Petrus is a good workman—it is an education to watch him’
    • ‘It was an education to watch you at Fort William.’
    • ‘Indeed, it was an education to watch the two in action.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin educatio(n-), from the verb educare (see educate).