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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To draw or bring out; elicit. See Synonyms at evoke.
  • transitive v. To assume or work out from given facts; deduce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To draw out or bring out; elicit or evoke
  • v. To infer or deduce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring or draw out; to cause to appear; to produce against counter agency or influence; to extract; to evolve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw out; extract, in a literal or physical sense.
  • To lead or bring out; cause to appear or be manifested; bring into view or operation; evoke.

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

  • v. develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
  • v. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)


Middle English educen, to direct the flow of, from Latin ēdūcere : ē-, ex-, ex- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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