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educate

ed·u·cate

educate

 
pronunciation:
e j keIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: educated, educates, educating
definition: to give knowledge or understanding of something through teaching or training.
The responsibility of a school is to educate children.
synonyms:
coach, instruct, teach
similar words:
train, tutor
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The word educate contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
duc, duct Latin root that means lead; draw along
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).