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college

noun uk   /ˈkɒl.ɪdʒ/  us   /ˈkɑː.lɪdʒ/

college noun (EDUCATION)

A2 [C or U] any place for specialized education after the age of 16 where people study or train to get knowledge and/or skills: a teacher training college a secretarial college a Naval collegeUK a sixth form college She's at art college. [C or U] US university: You have to go to (= study at) college for many years if you want to be a doctor. [C] one of the separate and named parts into which some universities are divided: King's College, Cambridge I attended the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University. Cambridge has some very fine old colleges (= college buildings). [C] in Britain and Australia, used in the names of some schools for children, especially those where education is paid for: Cheltenham Ladies' College
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college noun (GROUP)

[C] a group of people with a particular job, purpose, duty, or power who are organized into a group for sharing ideas, making decisions, etc.: the Royal College of Medicine/Nursing
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