Definition of “academic” - English Dictionary

“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:

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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  • All the candidates had excellent academic credentials.
  • The school is noted for its academic excellence.
  • They followed her academic progress closely.
  • The university's exchange scheme has cemented its links with many other academic institutions.
  • A financial scandal would shake the Institute's standing in the international academic community.
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 /ˌækəˈdemɪk/ us

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 /ˌækəˈdemɪk/ us

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)