See also: izglītībā



Coined by Atis Kronvalds in 1869, from his earlier coinage izglītot (to cultivate, to educate) (from iz- +‎ glītot (to cultivate), q.v.), both calques of German ausbilden (to educate), Ausbildung (education, formation). Later on (1871), Kronvalds gave preference to another coinage, dailēt, for the sense of “to educate,” reserving glītot, izglītot for the sense of “to civilize,” but the broader meaning had already become popular. In 1899, R. Kaudzīte attacked in his writings the forms with initial iz-, to which he preferred forms without it, but in vain.[1]


izglītība f (5th declension)

  1. education, formation (knowledge acquired by learning, usually at school)
    vidusskolas izglītībasecondary (lit. middle school) education
    augstskolas izglītībahigher (lit. university) education
    profesionāli tehniskā izglītībaprofessional technical education, formation
    politiskā izglītībapolitical education, formation
    iegūt augstāko izglītībuto acquire a higher education
    cilvēks ar plašu izglītībua person with a broad, extensive education
  2. education, teaching (official institutions, measures that exist for the teaching of children)
    izglītības sistēmaeducation system
    izglītības ministrijaministry of education
    izglītības nodaļas vadītājsthe head of the department of education
    izglītības darbseducational work
    atvēlēt līdzekļus izglītībaito devote resources to education
    tiesības uz izglītību augstskolāthe right to a university education




  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “izglītot”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN