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"school" in British English

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schoolnoun

uk   /skuːl/ us   /skuːl/
  • school noun (EDUCATION)

A1 [C or U] a place where children go to be educated: UK a primary/secondary schoolUS an elementary/a middle/a high school Milton Road School They're building a new school in the town. She drives the kids to school every morning. I went to school with (= I went to the same school at the same time as) Luke's brother.UK I was at school with Luke's brother. Is Emily in/at school today or is she still ill? What did you learn at school today Which school do you go to (formal attend)? school lunches/uniform/buildings
A1 [U] the period of your life during which you go to school, or the teaching and learning activities which happen at school: Most children start/begin school at the age of 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 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 a college or university or the time that a student spends there: We first met in graduate school (= while doing a second or third university degree). We went to school together in Atlanta.

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schoolverb [T]

uk   /skuːl/ us   /skuːl/ formal
(Definition of school from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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schoolnoun

us   /skul/
  • school noun (EDUCATION)

[C/U] a place where people, esp. young people, are educated: [C] a nursery/grade/elementary/secondary/graduate school [C] What school do you go to? [U] The kids walk to school. [C] The whole school knew about the incident (= all the students and teachers at the school knew about it).
[C/U] School also means the time spent in school: [U] School is out early today.
[C/U] School also means the process of being educated in a school: [U] Krista starts school in the fall. [U] I’ve got one more year of school left.
[C/U] A school is also a part of a college or university specializing in a particular subject or group of subjects: [C] Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
[C/U] A school is also a place where a particular subject or skill is taught: [C] a driving/dancing/art school
[C/U] School is also a college or university: [U] We went to school together in Atlanta.
  • school noun (GROUP)

[C] a group of artists, writers, or philosophers (= people with theories about existence) whose styles, methods, or ideas are similar: Her painting belongs to the Impressionist school.
  • school noun (SEA ANIMALS)

[C] a large number of fish or other sea animals swimming in a group

schoolverb [T]

us   /skul/
  • school verb [T] (EDUCATE)

to train or teach: She was schooled locally and then went away to college.
(Definition of school from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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