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1. The act or process of educating or being educated.
2. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
3. A program of instruction of a specified kind or level: driver education; a college education.
4. The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
5. An instructive or enlightening experience: Her work in an animal shelter was a real education.
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1. (Education) the act or process of acquiring knowledge, esp systematically during childhood and adolescence
2. (Education) the knowledge or training acquired by this process: his education has been invaluable to him.
3. (Education) the act or process of imparting knowledge, esp at a school, college, or university: education is my profession.
4. (Education) the theory of teaching and learning: a course in education.
5. (Education) a particular kind of instruction or training: a university education; consumer education.
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(ˌɛdʒ ʊˈkeɪ ʃən)

1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge and of developing the powers of reasoning and judgment.
2. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
3. a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a college education.
4. the result produced by instruction, training, or study.
5. the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.
[1525–35; (< Middle French) < Latin]
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  1. Alumni are like the wake of a ship; they spread out and ultimately disappear, but not until they have made a few waves —Anon
  2. Colleges are like old-age homes; except for the fact that more people die in colleges —Bob Dylan
  3. Education begins, like charity, at home —Susan Ferraro, New York Times/Hers, March 26, 1987

    The charity comparison has been effectively linked with other subjects.


  4. Education, like neurosis, begins at home —Milton R. Sapirstein
  5. Education, like politics, is a rough affair, and every instructor has to shut his eyes and hold his tongue as though he were a priest —Henry Adams
  6. Getting educated is like getting measles; you have to go where the measles is —Abraham Flexner
  7. He was like an empty bucket waiting to be filled [with knowledge] —William Diehl
  8. He who teaches a child is like one who writes on paper; but he who teaches old people is like one who writes on blotted paper —The Talmud
  9. Human beings, like plants, can be twisted into strange shapes if their training begins early enough and is vigilantly supervised. They will accept their deformation as the natural state of affairs and even take pride in it, as Chinese women once did in their crippled feet —Milton R. Sapirstein

    Sapirstein, a psychologist, used this simile to introduce a discussion about the educational impulse and its relationship to the educational process.

    See Also: MANKIND

  10. If it [learning] lights upon the mind that is dull and heavy, like a crude and undigested mass it makes it duller and heavier, and chokes it up —Michel De Montaigne
  11. Learning in old age is like writing on sand; learning in youth is like engraving on stone —Solomon Ibn Gabirol
  12. Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back —Chinese proverb
  13. Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use —William Shenstone
  14. Learning without thought is labor lost —Confucius
  15. Many a scholar is like a cashier: he has the key to much money, but the money is not his —Ludwig Boerne
  16. Modern education is a contradiction. It’s like a three-year-old kid with a computer in his hand who can multiply 10.6 per cent interest of $11,653, but doesn’t know if a dime is larger or smaller than a nickel —Erma Bombeck
  17. The need of a teacher to believe now and again that she fosters genius is like the writer’s need to believe that he is one —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
  18. Rolling on like a great growing snowball through the vast field of medical knowledge —William James
  19. A scholar is like a book written in a dead language: it is not everyone that can read in it —William Hazlitt
  20. A scholar should be like a leather bottle, which admits no wind; like a deep garden bed, which retains its moisture; like a pitch-coated vessel, which preserves its wine; and like a sponge, which absorbs everything —The Talmud
  21. Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run —Mark Twain
  22. Students are like acorns and oaks, there’s a lot more bark to the oak and a lot more nuttiness in the acorn —Anon
  23. Study is like the heaven’s glorious sun —William Shakespeare
  24. Take it in like blotting paper —Mavis Gallant


  25. The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself —Giovanni Ruffini
  26. Teachers, like actors, must drug themselves to be at their best —Delmore Schwartz
  27. Teaching a class was in a way like making love. Sometimes he did it with great enthusiasm … sometimes he did it because it was expected of him, and he forced himself to go through the motions —Dan Wakefield
  28. Teaching a fool is like gluing together a potsherd [pottery fragment] —The Holy Bible/Apocrypha
  29. Their learning is like bread in a besieged town; every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal —Samuel Johnson

    Johnson’s simile referred to his view of Scottish education.

  30. To study and forget is like bearing children and burying them —The Talmud
  31. To transmit wisdom to the unworthy is like throwing pearls before swine —Moses Ibn Ezra
  32. Your education, like … carrots, is not a manufactured article, but just a seed which has grown up largely under nature’s friendly influence —William J. Long
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - the activities of educating or instructingeducation - 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"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
education - the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
classroom project - a school task requiring considerable effort
classwork - the part of a student's work that is done in the classroom
homework, prep, preparation - preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
lesson - a task assigned for individual study; "he did the lesson for today"
coeducation - education of men and women in the same institutions
continuing education - a program of instruction designed primarily for adult students who participate part-time
course, course of instruction, course of study, class - education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"
elementary education - education in elementary subjects (reading and writing and arithmetic) provided to young students at a grade school
extension service, university extension, extension - an educational opportunity provided by colleges and universities to people who are not enrolled as regular students
extracurricular activity - educational activities not falling within the scope of the regular curriculum
higher education - education provided by a college or university
secondary education - education beyond the elementary grades; provided by a high school or college preparatory school
team teaching - a method of coordinated classroom teaching involving a team of teachers working together with a single group of students
work-study program - an educational plan in which students alternate between paid employment and formal study
point system - a system of evaluation based on awarding points according to rules
education - the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important than a boy's"
academic program - (education) a program of education in liberal arts and sciences (usually in preparation for higher education)
Department of Education, Education Department, Education - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979
tuition, tuition fee - a fee paid for instruction (especially for higher education); "tuition and room and board were more than $25,000" - knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
physical education - training in the development of and care for the human body; stresses athletics; includes hygiene
experience - the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities; "a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
enlightenment - education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
grounding, foundation - education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics" - the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important than a boy's"
didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching - 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"
learning, acquisition - the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child's acquisition of language"
acculturation, assimilation - the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
mastering - becoming proficient in the use of something; having mastery of; "his mastering the art of cooking took a long time"
self-cultivation, self-education - the process of educating yourself
schooling, school - the process of being formally educated at a school; "what will you do when you finish school?"
special education - education of physically or mentally handicapped children whose needs cannot be met in an ordinary classroom
vocational education, vocational training - training for a specific vocation in industry or agriculture or trade - the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
profession - an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching - 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"
teaching, pedagogy, instruction - the profession of a teacher; "he prepared for teaching while still in college"; "pedagogy is recognized as an important profession" - the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)education - the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and refinement"
upbringing - properties acquired during a person's formative years
6.Education - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979
didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching - 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"
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
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1. teaching, schooling, training, development, coaching, improvement, discipline, instruction, drilling, tutoring, nurture, tuition, enlightenment, erudition, indoctrination, edification institutions for the care and education of children see academic degrees, schools, colleges and universities
2. learning, schooling, culture, breeding, scholarship, civilization, cultivation, refinement a man with little education
"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet" [Aristophanes]
"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave" [Lord Henry Brougham speech to the House of Commons]
"To live for a time close to great minds is the best education" [John Buchan Memory Hold the Door]
"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another" [G.K. Chesterton]
"'Tis education forms the common mind,"
"Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined" [Alexander Pope Epistles to Several Persons]
"Education is something that tempers the young and consoles the old, gives wealth to the poor and adorns the rich" [Diogenes (The Cynic)]
"Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten" [B.F. Skinner Education in 1984]
"To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul" [Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie]
"When you educate a man you educate an individual; when you educate a woman you educate a whole family" [Charles D. McIver]
"education: that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"Man is the only creature which must be educated" [Immanuel Kant]

Education terms

A bursary (N.Z.), academic, accredit (N.Z.), accumulation, Advanced level or A level (Brit.), adviser or advisor (Brit.), advisory teacher (Brit.), aegrotat (Brit.), alumnus or alumna (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), assignment, assistant (U.S. & Canad.), associate (U.S. & Canad.), baccalaureate, banding (Brit.), battels (Brit.), B bursary (N.Z.), bedder (Brit.), binary, boarder (Brit.), boarding house (Austral.), bubs grade (Austral. & N.Z. slang), bursar, bursarial, bursary or bursarship (Scot. & N.Z.), campus, campus university, catalogue (U.S. & Canad.), catchment (Brit.), Certificate of Pre-vocational Education or CPVE (Brit.), Certificate of Proficiency or COP (N.Z.), chancellor (Brit., U.S., & Canad.), chapterhouse (U.S.), class, classmate, classroom, co-ed (U.S.), coeducation, collegial, collegian, collegiate, comedown (Brit.), commencement (U.S. & Canad.), commoner (Brit.), Common Entrance (Brit.), conductive education, congregation (chiefly Brit.), continuous assessment, convocation, core subjects (Brit.), coursework, crammer, credit, crib (Brit.), cross-curricular (Brit.), Cuisenaire rod (trademark), curricular, curriculum, dean, deanery, degree, delegacy, department, detention, dissertation, docent (U.S.), dominie (Scot.), don (Brit.), donnish, dropout, dunce, dunce cap, dux, Easter term, educate, education, educational, eleven-plus (obsolete), emeritus, entry, essay, examination or exam, exercise, exhibition (Brit. & Austral.), exhibitioner (Brit.), expel, extension, external, extracurricular, extramural, faculty, fail, family grouping or vertical grouping, federal, fellow, fellowship, ferule, flunk (chiefly U.S., Canad., & N.Z. informal), fresher or freshman, full professor (U.S. & Canad.), further education (Brit.), gaudy (Brit.), General Certificate of Education or GCE (Brit.), General Certificate of Secondary Education or GCSE (Brit.), gown, grade (U.S. & Canad.), graded post (Brit.), graduand (chiefly Brit.), graduate (Brit., U.S., & Canad.), graduation, grant, grant-in-aid, grant-maintained, Great Public Schools or GPS (Austral.), Greats (Brit.), gymnasium, hall, hall of residence, headmaster or headmistress, headmastership or headmistress-ship, headship (Brit.), higher (Scot.), high school, Hilary term, homework, honours or (U.S.) honors, hood, hooky or hookey (chiefly U.S., Canad., & N.Z. informal), house, housefather, housemaster, housemother, imposition (Brit.), incept (Brit.), infant (Brit.), in residence, instructor (U.S. & Canad.), internal, interscholastic, intramural (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), invigilate (Brit.), invigilator (Brit.), janitor (Scot.), jig (Austral. slang), junior, junior common room, key stage (Brit.), lecture, lecturer, level of attainment (Brit.), liaison officer (N.Z.), lines, literae humaniores (Brit.), LMS or local management of schools (Brit.), local examinations, lowerclassman (U.S.), lower school, lycée (chiefly French), manciple, marking, master, matriculate, matriculation or matric, mature student, Michaelmas term, middle common room, midterm, mistress, mitch or mich (dialect), mocks (informal), moderator (Brit. & N.Z.), muck-up day (Austral. slang), National Curriculum (Brit.), Nuffield teaching project (Brit.), open learning, Ordinary grade or O grade (Scot.), Ordinary level or O level (Brit.), Ordinary National Certificate or ONC (Brit.), pandy (chiefly Scot. & Irish), parent teacher association or PTA, parietal (U.S.), pass, pedant (archaic), pipe (U.S. slang), porter, postgraduate, prefect (Brit.), prelims (Scot.), prepositor (Brit., rare), primers (N.Z. informal), principal, Privatdocent, proctor (U.S.), professor, professoriate, prospectus, provost, punishment exercise, reader (chiefly Brit.), readership (chiefly Brit.), reception (Brit.), recess (U.S. & Canad.), record of achievement (Brit.), recreation, rector (chiefly Brit.), redbrick (Brit.), refresher course, regent, registrar, Regius professor (Brit.), remedial, remove (Brit.), report (Brit.), resit, rusticate (Brit.), sabbatical, sandwich course, SCE or Scottish Certificate of Education, scholastic, School Certificate (Brit. old-fashioned & N.Z.), schoolleaver, schoolman, schoolmarm, schoolmaster, schoolmistress, schoolteacher, second (Brit.), self-educated, semester (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), seminar, senate, send down, senior, senior common room, session, set, shell (Brit.), sixth form (Brit.), sixth-form college (Brit.), sizar (Brit.), sophomore (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), sorority (chiefly U.S.), speech day (Brit.), sports day (Brit.), stage, Standard Grade (Scot.), standard assessment tasks or SATS (Brit.), statement (Brit.), stream (Brit.), student teacher, subject, subprincipal, summa cum laude, summative assessment (Brit.), supervisor, teach-in, term, tertiary bursary (Brit.), test, thesis, transcript (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), transfer, trimester (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), Trinity term, truant, tuition, tutee, tutor, tutorial, tutorial system, union, university entrance (examination) or UE (N.Z.), undergraduate, unstreamed (Brit.), upper school, vice chancellor (Brit.), visiting professor, wag (slang), warden (Brit.), wrangler (Brit.), year
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1. The act, process, or art of imparting knowledge and skill:
2. Known facts, ideas, and skill that have been imparted:
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تَعْلِيمتَعْليم، ثَقافَه
menntun, fræîsla
giáo dục


A. Neducación f, formación f; (= teaching) → enseñanza f; (= knowledge, culture) → cultura f; (= studies) → estudios mpl; (= training) → formación f (Univ) (= subject) → pedagogía f
Ministry of EducationMinisterio m or (LAm) Secretaría f de Educación
primary/secondary educationenseñanza f primaria/secundaria, primera/segunda enseñanza f
higher educationeducación f superior, enseñanza f superior
physical/political educationeducación f física/política
literary/professional educationformación f literaria/profesional
there should be more investment in educationdebería invertirse más dinero en educación
she works in educationtrabaja en la enseñanza
I never had much educationpasé poco tiempo en la escuela
they paid for his educationle pagaron los estudios
B. CPD education authority N (Brit) → delegación f de educación, consejería f de educación (Sp)
education department N (Brit) [of local authority] → departamento m de educación; (= ministry) → Ministerio m de Educación
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(provided by schools)éducation f
There should be more investment in education → On devrait investir plus dans l'éducation.
a man with little education → un homme peu instruit
a child's education → l'éducation d'un enfant primary education, elementary education, secondary education
(= teaching) → enseignement m, instruction f
She works in education → Elle travaille dans l'enseignement.
(= subject) → pédagogie f
modif [budget, reform, department, minister] → de l'éducation; [centre, programme, policy] → d'éducation
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


nErziehung f; (= studies, training)Ausbildung f; (= knowledge, culture)Bildung f; Ministry of EducationMinisterium ntfür Erziehung und Unterricht, Kultusministerium nt; lecturer in educationDozent(in) m(f)für Pädagogik; College of Educationpädagogische Hochschule; (for graduates) → Studienseminar nt; (local) education authoritySchulbehörde f; to study educationPädagogik or Erziehungswissenschaften studieren; if the government neglects educationwenn die Regierung das Erziehungs- und Ausbildungswesen vernachlässigt; the education budgetder Etat für das Erziehungs- und Ausbildungswesen; education is freedie Schulausbildung ist kostenlos; his education was interruptedseine Ausbildung wurde unterbrochen; to get an educationeine Ausbildung bekommen; the education he received at schoolseine Schulbildung; she had a university educationsie hatte eine Universitätsausbildung; a literary/scientific educationeine literarische/naturwissenschaftliche Bildung; she had little educationsie war ziemlich ungebildet
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[ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃn] n (schooling) → istruzione f; (teaching) → insegnamento; (knowledge, culture) → cultura; (studies) → studi mpl; (training) → formazione f (Univ) (subject) → pedagogia
Ministry of Education → Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione
primary education (Am) elementary education → scuola elementare or primaria
secondary education → scuola secondaria
physical education → educazione f fisica
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈedjukeit) verb
to train and teach. He was educated at a private school.
ˌeduˈcation noun
instruction and teaching, especially of children and young people in schools, universities etc. His lack of education prevented him from getting a good job.
ˌeduˈcational adjective
1. of education. educational methods.
2. providing information. Our visit to the zoo was educational as well as enjoyable.
ˌeduˈcation(al)ist noun
an expert in methods of educating.
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تَعْلِيم vzdělání uddannelse Bildung εκπαίδευση educación koulutus éducation školovanje istruzione 教育 교육 onderwijs utdannelse edukacja educação образование utbildning การศึกษา eğitim giáo dục 教育
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


n. educación, enseñanza;
medical ______ médica.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n educación f; diabetic — educación diabetológica (form), educación en diabetes; sex — educación sexual
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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AllofE Solutions, a software solution provider for K-12 school districts, recently completed a research and development project where they automated the paper-based process of managing rubrics for teachers.
Indeed, "a section in the California Penal Code that prohibits concealed weapons states that 'guns carried openly in belt holsters are not concealed.' It is legal to do so as long as the group or individual is 1,000 feet away from a K-12 school."
The board remains committed to both short-term and long-term improvements to the district's buildings, and has not abandoned the idea of constructing a K-12 school, Weathers said.
It is one of the first programs of its kind for a K-12 school district in California.
The company says that more than 70 educational institutions have deployed its wireless LAN system throughout their campuses, including 42 universities and colleges, and 28 K-12 school districts.
"We are now looking ahead as our new K-12 school facility is being constructed just a short distance away from the grove," she adds.
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