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

  Education \Ed`u*ca"tion\ (?; 135), n. [L. educatio; cf. F.
     ['e]ducation.]
     The act or process of educating; the result of educating, as
     determined by the knowledge skill, or discipline of
     character, acquired; also, the act or process of training by
     a prescribed or customary course of study or discipline; as,
     an education for the bar or the pulpit; he has finished his
     education.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           To prepare us for complete living is the function which
           education has to discharge.              --H. Spenser.
  
     Syn: Education, Instruction, Teaching, Training,
          Breeding.
  
     Usage: Education, properly a drawing forth, implies not so
            much the communication of knowledge as the discipline
            of the intellect, the establishment of the principles,
            and the regulation of the heart. Instruction is that
            part of education which furnishes the mind with
            knowledge. Teaching is the same, being simply more
            familiar. It is also applied to practice; as, teaching
            to speak a language; teaching a dog to do tricks.
            Training is a department of education in which the
            chief element is exercise or practice for the purpose
            of imparting facility in any physical or mental
            operation. Breeding commonly relates to the manners
            and outward conduct.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  education
      n 1: the activities of educating or instructing; activities that
           impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal
           education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed";
           "good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded" [syn:
           education, instruction, teaching, pedagogy,
           didactics, educational activity]
      2: knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear
         that he had a very broad education"
      3: the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a
         preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important
         than a boy's"
      4: the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college
         or university)
      5: the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of
         correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and
         refinement" [syn: education, training, breeding]
      6: the United States federal department that administers all
         federal programs dealing with education (including federal
         aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979
         [syn: Department of Education, Education Department,
         Education]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  59 Moby Thesaurus words for "education":
     accomplishments, acculturation, acquisition of knowledge,
     acquisitions, attainments, broadening the mind, catechization,
     civility, civilization, coaching, course of study, cultivation,
     culture, didactics, direction, drilling, edification,
     enculturation, enlightenment, erudition, guidance, illumination,
     indoctrination, information, instruction, intellectual acquirement,
     knowledge, learning, lesson, liberal education, literacy, lore,
     mastery of skills, memorization, mental cultivation,
     mental culture, pedagogics, pedagogy, polish, private teaching,
     programmed instruction, reeducation, refinement, schooling,
     self-instruction, self-teaching, socialization, sophistication,
     spoon-feeding, store of knowledge, storing the mind, teaching,
     training, tuition, tutelage, tutorage, tutoring, tutorship,
     upbringing
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  EDUCATION, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the
  foolish their lack of understanding.
  

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