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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 incorrect insofar as the Latin used to illustrate those English meanings is concerned; the English word "education" is notderived 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 ā-stem, 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, ēdūcere, ēdūxī, ēductus were the root, job applicants would be filling out forms asking what the "highest level of eduction" they've attained was.

Sorry it took so long to catch the error.

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