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school

noun uk   /skuːl/ us  

school noun (EDUCATION)

A1 [C or U] a place where children go to be educated: a primary/secondary school Milton Road School They're building a new school in the village. She drives the kids to school every morning.UK I was at school with (= I went to the same school at the same time as) Luke's brother. Is Emily in school today or is she still ill? Which school do you go to (formal attend)? school meals/uniform school buildings/fees A1 [U] the period of your life during which you go to school, or the teaching and learning activities which happen at school: British children start/begin school at the age of four or five. What do you want to do when you leave school (= finish studying at school)? I love/hate school.US My sister teaches school (= teaches children in a school) in New York City. A2 [U] the time during the day when children are studying in school: before/after school School starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at 3.30 p.m. [C + sing/pl verb] all the children and teachers at a school: The whole school is/are delighted about Joel's success in the championships. [C or U] a part of a college or university specializing in a particular subject or group of subjects: the School of Oriental and African Studies She went to medical school in Edinburgh. A2 [C] a place where people, especially adults, can study a particular subject either some of the time or all of the time: a driving/dancing school the London Business School B1 [U] US for university: We first met at graduate school (= while doing a university course for a second or third degree).

school noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of painters, writers, poets, etc. whose work is similar, especially similar to that of a particular leader: the Flemish School the Impressionist school of painting

school noun (SEA CREATURES)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a large number of fish or other sea creatures swimming in a group: a school of dolphins/whales

school

verb [T] uk   /skuːl/ formal us  
to train a person or animal to do something: It takes a lot of patience to school a dog/horse. [+ to infinitive] You must school yourself to be tolerant. [T often passive] to teach a child: Her children are well schooled in correct behaviour.
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