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 for educate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  educate \ed"u*cate\ ([e^]d"[-u]*k[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Educated ([e^]d"[-u]*k[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Educating ([e^]d"[-u]*k[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L. educatus, p. p.
     of educare to bring up a child physically or mentally, to
     educate, fr. educere to lead forth, bring up (a child). See
     Educe.]
     To bring up or guide the powers of, as a child; to develop
     and cultivate, whether physically, mentally, or morally, but
     more commonly limited to the mental activities or senses; to
     expand, strengthen, and discipline, as the mind, a faculty,
     etc.; to form and regulate the principles and character of;
     to prepare and fit for any calling or business by systematic
     instruction; to cultivate; to train; to instruct; as, to
     educate a child; to educate the eye or the taste.
  
     Syn: To develop; instruct; teach; inform; enlighten; edify;
          bring up; train; breed; rear; discipline; indoctrinate.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  educate
      v 1: give an education to; "We must educate our youngsters
           better"
      2: create by training and teaching; "The old master is training
         world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the
         future" [syn: train, develop, prepare, educate]
      3: teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment;
         "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She
         is well schooled in poetry" [syn: educate, school,
         train, cultivate, civilize, civilise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  73 Moby Thesaurus words for "educate":
     acculturate, advance, ameliorate, amend, better, boost, brief,
     bring forward, bring up, broaden the mind, catechize, civilize,
     coach, cultivate, demonstrate, develop, direct, discipline, drill,
     edify, elevate, emend, enhance, enlighten, enrich, explain, fatten,
     favor, forward, foster, give instruction, give lessons in,
     go straight, ground, guide, illumine, improve, improve upon,
     inculcate, indoctrinate, inform, instruct, lard, lift,
     make an improvement, meliorate, mend, nurture, open the eyes,
     prepare, promote, raise, ready, rear, reeducate, refine upon,
     reform, school, set right, sharpen the wits, show, show how,
     socialize, straighten out, teach, teach a lesson,
     teach the rudiments, train, transfigure, transform, tutor, upgrade,
     uplift
  
  

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