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Bring up and educate

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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.

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