Bring up and educate
What’s the difference between bring up and educate? These two words have quite similar meanings and are easily confused by English learners. ‘Bring up’ is a phrasal verb meaning ‘to bring a person to maturity through nurturing and education‘ – Merriam Webster, whereas ‘educate’ simply refers to the cultural or intellectual training one receives at an institution or school. The noun forms of bring up and educate, are; upbringing and education.
‘Bring up’: to bring a person to maturity
(Usually a parent, older sibling or carer) through nurturing and education
- My mum and dad brought me up in Alabama, United States.
- The child was brought up by his mother.
- He had a good upbringing and was well-spoken.
- I am bringing my children up to be good people.
‘Educate’: the cultural or intellectual training one receives at an institution
- They were lucky to be educated at Oxford, one of the greatest universities in the world.
- I was educated at a small college in the U.S.A.
- Education should be of quality and free to all.
- Education is the basis of life.