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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

education

/ˌejəˈkāSH(ə)n//ˌɛdʒəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/