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Meaning of “school” in the English Dictionary

"school" in British English

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schoolnoun

uk   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/​buildingsA1 [U] the ​period of ​yourlife during which you go to school, or the ​teaching and ​learningactivities which ​happen at school: Most ​children start/​begin school at the ​age of five. What do you ​want to do when you leave school (= ​finishstudying at school)? I ​love/​hate school.US My ​sister teaches school (= ​teacheschildren 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 ​universityspecializing in a ​particularsubject 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 ​particularsubject either some of the ​time or all of the ​time: a ​driving/​dancing school the London Business SchoolB1 [U] US a ​college or ​university or the ​time that a ​studentspends there: We first ​met in graduate school (= while doing a second or third ​universitydegree). We went to school together in Atlanta.

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  • school noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​painters, ​writers, ​poets, etc. whose ​work is ​similar, ​especiallysimilar to that of a ​particularleader: the ​Flemish School the ​Impressionist school ofpainting

schoolverb [T]

uk   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. ​youngpeople, are ​educated: [C] a ​nursery/​grade/​elementary/​secondary/​graduate school [C] What school do you go to? [U] The ​kidswalk 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 ​timespent 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 ​particularsubject or ​group of ​subjects: [C] Johns Hopkins School of Advanced ​International Studies [C/U] A school is also a ​place where a ​particularsubject 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 ​paintingbelongs to the Impressionist school.
  • school noun (SEA ANIMALS)

[C] a ​largenumber of ​fish or other ​seaanimalsswimming 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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