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NOUN (6)

1. the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill;
- Example: "he received no formal education"
- Example: "our instruction was carefully programmed"
- Example: "good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded"
[syn: education, instruction, teaching, pedagogy, didactics, educational activity]

2. knowledge acquired by learning and instruction;
- Example: "it was clear that he had a very broad education"

3. the gradual process of acquiring knowledge;
- Example: "education is a preparation for life"
- Example: "a girl's education was less important than a boy's"

4. the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university);

5. the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior);
- Example: "a woman of breeding and refinement"
[syn: education, training, breeding]

6. the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979;
[syn: Department of Education, Education Department, Education]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Education \Ed`u*ca"tion\ (?; 135), n. [L. educatio; cf. F. ['e]ducation.] 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; as, an education for the bar or the pulpit; he has finished his education. [1913 Webster] To prepare us for complete living is the function which education has to discharge. --H. Spenser. Syn: Education, Instruction, Teaching, Training, Breeding. Usage: Education, properly a drawing forth, implies not so much the communication of knowledge as the discipline of the intellect, the establishment of the principles, and the regulation of the heart. Instruction is that part of education which furnishes the mind with knowledge. Teaching is the same, being simply more familiar. It is also applied to practice; as, teaching to speak a language; teaching a dog to do tricks. Training is a department of education in which the chief element is exercise or practice for the purpose of imparting facility in any physical or mental operation. Breeding commonly relates to the manners and outward conduct. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

education n 1: the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed"; "good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded" [syn: education, instruction, teaching, pedagogy, didactics, educational activity] 2: knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education" 3: the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important than a boy's" 4: the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university) 5: the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and refinement" [syn: education, training, breeding] 6: the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979 [syn: Department of Education, Education Department, Education]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

59 Moby Thesaurus words for "education": accomplishments, acculturation, acquisition of knowledge, acquisitions, attainments, broadening the mind, catechization, civility, civilization, coaching, course of study, cultivation, culture, didactics, direction, drilling, edification, enculturation, enlightenment, erudition, guidance, illumination, indoctrination, information, instruction, intellectual acquirement, knowledge, learning, lesson, liberal education, literacy, lore, mastery of skills, memorization, mental cultivation, mental culture, pedagogics, pedagogy, polish, private teaching, programmed instruction, reeducation, refinement, schooling, self-instruction, self-teaching, socialization, sophistication, spoon-feeding, store of knowledge, storing the mind, teaching, training, tuition, tutelage, tutorage, tutoring, tutorship, upbringing
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

EDUCATION, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.