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"college" in British English

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collegenoun

uk   /ˈkɒl.ɪdʒ/  us   /ˈkɑː.lɪdʒ/

college noun (EDUCATION)

[C or U] US a ​university where you can ​study for an undergraduate (= first)degree: I ​met my ​husband when we were in college. They ​wanttheirkids to go to (= ​study at) college. a college student/​professor/​graduateA2 [C or U] any ​place for ​specializededucation after the ​age of 16 where ​peoplestudy or ​train to get ​knowledge and/or ​skills: a ​teachertraining college a ​secretarial college a Naval college She's atart college.UK a sixth ​form college [C] one of the ​separate and ​namedparts 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 ​fineold colleges (= college ​buildings). [C] in ​Britain and ​Australia, used in the ​names of some ​schools for ​children, ​especiallyprivateschools (= where ​education is ​paid for by ​parents): Cheltenham Ladies' College
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college noun (GROUP)

[C] a ​group of ​people with a ​particularjob, ​purpose, ​duty, or ​power who are ​organized into a ​group for ​sharingideas, making ​decisions, etc.: the Royal College of Medicine/Nursing
(Definition of college from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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collegenoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑl·ɪdʒ/
a ​place of ​highereducation usually for ​people who have ​finished twelve ​years of ​schooling and where they can ​obtain more ​advancedknowledge and get a ​degree to ​recognize this A college is also one of the ​separateparts into which some ​universities are ​divided: She ​graduated from the university’s College of Business Management.
(Definition of college from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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