Definition of re-educate in US English:



[with object]
  • Educate or train (someone) in order to change their beliefs or behavior.

    ‘criminals are to be re-educated’
    • ‘It's time to re-educate the kids about the financial importance of a sweet tooth.’
    • ‘Part of the reason for it was to display it publicly in the house and start to re-educate my husband on exactly what it is I do at home all day.’
    • ‘California has term limits, so we have to educate and re-educate both elected officials and their staffs.’
    • ‘They will target areas where we know there are problems and try to advise and re-educate people.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I am 34 years old and I didn't have a good education like they have now, but this is re-educating people who didn't get that chance.’’
    • ‘To break new ground, activists have stepped up efforts to encourage cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli teachers - to re-educate people and teach them to accept and tolerate each other.’
    • ‘What I believe the university should do right now is re-educate students and staff about environmental friendliness and the recycling program.’
    • ‘The strategy aims to put in place opportunities and schemes to re-educate owners, offering them advice and assistance to return their properties to use.’
    • ‘This new scheme is an effort to re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding to help stamp it out.’
    • ‘Members are re-educated about food, learning to use it to satisfy hunger, only afterwards for pleasure.’
    • ‘He said re-educating people was part of the challenge in dealing with fly-tipping.’
    • ‘The proper response to the problem, we are told, is to lock up and perhaps re-educate violent men while helping women get out of violent relationships.’
    • ‘If you want to cut crime - and save money - invest in programmes that analyse offending behaviour and help to re-educate people who have often known no other life.’
    • ‘It could take an entire generation just to re-educate people.’
    • ‘It is hoped the clampdown will re-educate motorists about road safety and make them less likely to break the law in the future.’
    • ‘He was captured by the Soviet Red Army and handed over to the People's Republic of China, where he was re-educated until 1959.’
    • ‘We need a much larger scheme for retraining and re-educating people if they are to diversify effectively.’
    • ‘We are teaching kids how to be active and we're re-educating adults as well and that's why the program is taking off.’
    • ‘We need to re-educate workers and employers about safe work practices and safe alternative materials.’
    • ‘It goes back to us needing to re-educate parents and that is an uphill job.’
    brainwash, propagandize, proselytize, inculcate, persuade, convince, condition, discipline, mould
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