Definition of education in US English:

education

noun

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

    ‘a new system of public education’
    • ‘Its role also includes the inspection of local education authorities, teacher training institutions and youth work.’
    • ‘The purpose is to prevent our education from becoming obsolete and irrelevant within new global practices in education.’
    • ‘Are you describing online education as it is practiced today, or is this different?’
    • ‘The modular format can link theory and practice, between education and skills used on the job.’
    • ‘In the public school system, education is compulsory from age six to age sixteen.’
    • ‘All three academies are also supported by their local education authorities.’
    • ‘But the local education authority has instructed a solicitor to establish who the rightful owner is.’
    • ‘In homeland they get subsidized education from public universities.’
    • ‘Many pharmacists feel they require more education to practice within the PC model.’
    • ‘As a focused team, we can affect legislation, education, and practice issues.’
    • ‘To many, adult education is nothing but literacy and remedial education aiming at teaching people how to read and write.’
    • ‘Ability comes from hard work, practice, education, blood, sweat and tears.’
    • ‘Although this has not been a requirement for other modes of medical practice or education, its importance should not be neglected.’
    • ‘This was all the more striking because he was by education an art historian.’
    • ‘An important part of the mission for many community colleges is developmental education.’
    • ‘We regularly do workshops for the local education authority in Schools.’
    • ‘So that serves as a good metaphor for the way I think education and practice have separated and not come together.’
    • ‘I am extremely disgusted by the practice of education in China today as a business.’
    • ‘Despite such broad shifts, the core practices of education remain essentially unchanged.’
    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’
      • ‘I was shocked out of my shoes because my master's degree from Hunter College was grounded in education.’
      • ‘Much research about medical education proceeds devoid of theory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Teaching undergraduate education does not singularly focus on skills and competencies.’
    2. 1.2 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 field or subject.
      ‘health education’
      • ‘Should environmental education become a core subject in Australian schools?’
      • ‘Let us be bold in addressing the issues of psychology education and training, for the next generation is here.’
      • ‘Health education comes as second nature to soap operas.’
      • ‘Another story said he was conducting an experiment in political education.’
      • ‘But how far does this aspiration tally with our own experience of medical education?’
      • ‘When will the Government open its eyes to the simple fact health education must promote abstinence outside marriage and fidelity within it?’
      • ‘Thus, the perception of cannabis as a less dangerous drug is not mainly based on a lack of experience or drug education.’
      • ‘Finally, results and their implications to pharmacy education and practice are discussed.’
      • ‘This means that nursing care and assessments, the heart of nursing education, can be experienced.’
      • ‘The information you give will be used to develop better health education for young people like yourself.’
      • ‘Other recommendations include reversing the trend of mixed sex education and training staff in religious awareness.’
      • ‘One challenge involved putting together information on drugs education.’
      • ‘In addition, lectures are organised for the families on topics such as health education and prevention of fire.’
      understanding, insight, learning, knowledge, awareness, information, erudition, wisdom, instruction, teaching
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  • 2an educationAn enlightening experience.

    ‘a day with those kids was an education in patience and forbearance’
    • ‘It was an education to watch you at Fort William.’
    • ‘Indeed, it was an education to watch the two in action.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

education

/ˌejəˈkāSH(ə)n//ˌɛdʒəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/