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EDUCATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Education mean? 

EDUCATION (noun)
  The noun EDUCATION has 6 senses:

1. the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
2. knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
3. the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
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)
6. the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979

  Familiarity information: EDUCATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EDUCATION (noun)


Sense 1education [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

didactics; education; educational activity; instruction; pedagogy; teaching

Context examples:

he received no formal education / our instruction was carefully programmed / good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded

Hypernyms ("education" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Meronyms (parts of "education"):

lesson (a task assigned for individual study)

homework; prep; preparation (preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home))

classwork (the part of a student's work that is done in the classroom)

classroom project (a school task requiring considerable effort)

Domain member category:

tuition; tuition fee (a fee paid for instruction (especially for higher education))

Department of Education; Education; Education Department (the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979)

academic program ((education) a program of education in liberal arts and sciences (usually in preparation for higher education))

education (the gradual process of acquiring knowledge)

point system (a system of evaluation based on awarding points according to rules)

education (the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "education"):

work-study program (an educational plan in which students alternate between paid employment and formal study)

team teaching (a method of coordinated classroom teaching involving a team of teachers working together with a single group of students)

secondary education (education beyond the elementary grades; provided by a high school or college preparatory school)

higher education (education provided by a college or university)

extracurricular activity (educational activities not falling within the scope of the regular curriculum)

extension; extension service; university extension (an educational opportunity provided by colleges and universities to people who not enrolled as regular students)

elementary education (education in elementary subjects (reading and writing and arithmetic) provided to young students at a grade school)

class; course; course of instruction; course of study (education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings)

continuing education (a program of instruction designed primarily for adult students who participate part-time)

coeducation (education of men and women in the same institutions)


Sense 2education [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

it was clear that he had a very broad education

Hypernyms ("education" is a kind of...):

cognitive content; content; mental object (the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "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)

encyclopaedism; encyclopedism; eruditeness; erudition; learnedness; learning; scholarship (profound scholarly knowledge)

enlightenment (education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge)

foundation; grounding (education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge)


Sense 3education [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The gradual process of acquiring knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

education is a preparation for life / a girl's education was less important than a boy's

Hypernyms ("education" is a kind of...):

acquisition; learning (the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge)

Domain category:

didactics; education; educational activity; instruction; pedagogy; teaching (the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "education"):

vocational education; vocational training (training for a specific vocation in industry or agriculture or trade)

special education (education of physically or mentally handicapped children whose needs cannot be met in an ordinary classroom)

school; schooling (the process of being formally educated at a school)

self-cultivation; self-education (the process of educating yourself)

mastering (becoming proficient in the use of something; having mastery of)

acculturation; assimilation (the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure)


Sense 4education [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("education" is a kind of...):

profession (an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences))

Domain category:

didactics; education; educational activity; instruction; pedagogy; teaching (the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "education"):

instruction; pedagogy; teaching (the profession of a teacher)


Sense 5education [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

training; breeding; education

Context example:

a woman of breeding and refinement

Hypernyms ("education" is a kind of...):

upbringing (properties acquired during a person's formative years)


Sense 6Education [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

Department of Education; Education Department; Education

Hypernyms ("Education" is a kind of...):

executive department (a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States)

Domain category:

didactics; education; educational activity; instruction; pedagogy; teaching (the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill)


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