ed·u·cate / ˈejəˌkāt/ • v. [tr.] (often be educated) give intellectual, moral, and social instruction to (someone, esp. a child), typically at a school or university. ∎ provide or pay for instruction for (one's child), esp. at a school. ∎ give (someone) training in or information on a particular field: [tr.] the need to educate people to conserve water. DERIVATIVES: ed·u·ca·bil·i·ty / ˌejəkəˈbilitē/ n.ed·u·ca·ble / -kəbəl/ adj.ed·u·ca·tive / -ˌkātiv/ adj.ed·u·ca·tor n.