April 11, 2016
educate (verb)
\EJ-uh-kayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to provide schooling for2 a : to develop the mind and morals of especially by instruction b : train
How do you use it?
"The widow said she meant to give Huck a home under her roof and have him educated; and that when she could spare the money she would start him in business in a modest way." (Mark Twain, _The Adventures of Tom Sawyer_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which word do you think is related to "educate"?

If you chose A you produced the right answer. Both "educate" and "produce" stem from the Latin root "ducere," meaning "to draw, lead." Latin speakers added "e-" to "ducere" to form "educere" which means "to draw out." From "educere" came "educare," meaning "to rear, educate." English speakers adopted "educare" to form "educate." It originally meant "to bring up" or "to rear" and later developed the more familiar meaning of providing schooling. In addition to "educate" and "produce," a number of other English words have their roots in "ducere." These include "introduce," "reduce," and "deduce."
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