from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of educating or being educated.
  • noun The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
  • noun A program of instruction of a specified kind or level.
  • noun The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
  • noun An instructive or enlightening experience.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The imparting or acquisition of knowledge; mental and moral training; cultivation of the mind, feelings, and manners.
  • noun The rearing of animals, especially bees, silkworms, or the like; culture, as of bacteria in experimenting; a brood or collection of cultivated creatures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of educating; the result of educating, as determined by the knowledge skill, or discipline of character, acquired; also, the act or process of training by a prescribed or customary course of study or discipline

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The process or art of imparting knowledge, skill and judgment.
  • noun countable Facts, skills and ideas that have been learned, either formally or informally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
  • noun the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
  • noun knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
  • noun the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
  • noun the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979
  • noun the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)


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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.


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  • For example I added myself to the education directory this way @wefollow #education.

    Archive 2009-03-16 Mr. Byrne 2009

  • If this be true, and popular opinion is to supersede the wisdom of the experts, if the people are really to have power, and be competent critics of good government, or merely to become good material in the hands of constructive statesmanship, education must include or be essentially _political education_.

    The Psychology of Nations A Contribution to the Philosophy of History G.E. Partridge

  • But if this be granted, I have established my contention that the Humanities should not be treated as a mere crown and ornament of education; that they should inform every part of it, from the beginning, in every school of the realm: that whether a child have more education or less education, what he has can be, and should be a ‘liberal education’ throughout.

    XII. On the Use of Masterpieces 1920

  • Ornamental education is not wanted -- it is worse than useless until a _useful education_ has been inculcated.

    Over the Fireside with Silent Friends Richard King 1913

  • ” And, as I am afraid it is not permissible to speak of this form of opposition to scientific education in the past tense; may we not expect to be told that this, not only omission, but prohibition, of “mere literary instruction and education” is a patent example of scientific narrow-mindedness?

    Science and Culture 1909

  • But notwithstanding the fact that I value most highly a _genuinely_ religious education, I feel that for the purposes just mentioned we cannot place much reliance upon _that which in our schools of to-day passes by the name of religious education_.

    The Sexual Life of the Child Albert Moll 1900

  • His intellect had been less cultivated by education, and _education adds to the beauty of the face_.

    The Young Voyageurs Boy Hunters in the North Mayne Reid 1850

  • His intellect had been less cultivated by education, and _education adds to the beauty of the face_.

    Popular Adventure Tales Mayne Reid 1850

  • _Well, then, as you have such a great objection to a child commencing his education early in life, at what age may he, with safety, commence his lessons? and which do you prefer -- home or school education_?

    Advice to a Mother on the Management of Her Children Pye Henry Chavasse 1844

  • Mendelssohn, the son of a poor rabbin, in a village in Germany, received an education completely rabbinical, and its nature must be comprehended, or the term of _education_ would be misunderstood.

    Literary Character of Men of Genius Drawn from Their Own Feelings and Confessions Isaac Disraeli 1807


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  • And yet instruction in telephone use is conspicuous by its absence.

    March 25, 2009

  • The ubiquitous use of this word today, under the presumption that there is no ambiguity in its meaning, infuriates me. Consider the oft-heard phrase, "get an education", or "the importance of a good education". As far as I can tell, this most often means, apparently, to go to school (K-12) and graduate with a diploma.

    That the word "education" is never unpacked, that the term is used so presumptively, is the cause of my decade-long vendetta against "education". Actually, my fury and my vendetta is against compulsory K-12 schooling, because it is within that venue that one hears the most black-box terms, flung about with self-righteous disregard for even the most basic and straightforward adherence to language and rationality.

    June 14, 2009

  • "I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square."

    -Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

    July 29, 2009