What is the Latin root word for education?
It comes from the word "educare" which means "to bring up", from
e- "out" and ducere "to lead; to bring forward".
Well, now. This is embarrassing. I should have hired a good
proofraeder to review that answer, because it's wrong. At least
part of it is. The first part is correct in that the English term
"education" does come
from the Latin educare (ēducāre with the macrons),
and the second part is correct insofar as (some of) the
meanings of ēducāre are concerned, but is
"mso-bidi-font-style: normal">incorrect insofar as the Latin
used to illustrate those English meanings is concerned; the English
word "education" is not
derived from ē-dūcere, which means "to draw out."
You see that big fat "A" in education? Well, that tells you
immediately that it is a word of the first, or
"mso-bidi-font-style: normal">, Latin conjugation, namely
ēducāre, whose fourth
principal part is ēducātus--the first and third being
ēducō and ēducāvī respectively-- and the basis of the
English term "education."
If the second conjugation term ēdūco,
"mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">ēdūcere, ēdūxī,
ēductus were the root, job applicants would be filling out
forms asking what the "highest level of eduction" they've
Sorry it took so long to catch the error.