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"academic" in British English

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academicadjective

uk   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/  us   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/
  • academic adjective (STUDYING)

B2 relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or connected with studying and thinking, not with practical skills: academic subjects/qualifications/books an academic institution the academic year (= the time during which students go to school or college) academic standards
C2 used to describe someone who is clever and enjoys studying: I was never a particularly academic child.

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academically
adverb uk   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪ.kəl.i/
She's always done well academically. It may be that a child is bright, but not academically inclined.

academicnoun [C]

uk   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/  us   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/ (US or Indian English also academician)
(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 useful skills
  • academic adjective (NOT IMPORTANT)

not important because it is based only on possibilities: Which diamond ring 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 staff shows 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 research company 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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