academic Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"academic" in British English

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academicadjective

uk   us   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/

academic adjective (STUDYING)

B2 relating to ​schools, ​colleges, and ​universities, or ​connected with ​studying and ​thinking, not with ​practicalskills: academic ​subjects/​qualifications/​books an academic ​institution the academic ​year (= the ​time during which ​students go to ​school or ​college) academic ​standardsC2 used to ​describe someone who is ​clever and ​enjoysstudying: I was never a ​particularly academic ​child.
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academic adjective (IN THEORY)

based on ​ideas and ​theories and not ​related to ​practicaleffects in ​reallife: a ​purely academic ​argument/​question
academically
adverb uk   us   /-ɪ.kəl.i/
She's always done well academically. It may be that a ​child is ​bright, but not academically ​inclined.

academicnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/ (US or Indian English also academician)
someone who ​teaches at a ​college, or who ​studies as ​part of ​theirjob
academics [plural] US the ​subjects that you ​study in high ​school or ​college
(Definition of academic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"academic" in American English

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academicadjective

 us   /ˌæk·əˈdem·ɪk/

academic adjective (SCHOOL RELATED)

relating to ​schools, esp. ​colleges and ​universities, or ​connected with ​studying and ​thinking and not with ​usefulskills

academic adjective (NOT IMPORTANT)

not ​important because it is ​based only on ​possibilities: Which ​diamondring you like more is ​purely academic, because I can’t ​afford either one.

academicnoun [C]

 us   /ˌæk·əˈdem·ɪk/

academic noun [C] (SCHOOL RELATED)

a ​person who ​teaches in a ​college or ​university
(Definition of academic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"academic" in Business English

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academicadjective

uk   us   /ˌækəˈdemɪk/
relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or ​connected with ​studying and ​thinking rather than practical ​skills: Employers nowadays are more interested in ​candidates' ​abilities and ​personality rather than just academic ​qualifications. Some ​complain that the ​poor writing ​skills of younger ​staffshows a ​fall in academic ​standards.
interested in ​studying and ​successful at school ​work: Like many ​entrepreneurs, he was not particularly academic at school.

academicnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌækəˈdemɪk/
a ​person who teaches at a college, or who ​studies as ​part of their ​job: The ​researchcompany was ​founded by a ​group of academics from Stockholm University.
(Definition of academic from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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