academy
Pronunciation
  • (RP, America) IPA: /əˈkæd.ə.mi/
Noun

academy (plural academies)

  1. (classical studies, usually, capitalized) The garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  2. (classical studies, usually, capitalized) Plato's philosophical system based on skepticism; Plato's followers. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  3. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university; typically a private school. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  4. A school or place of training in which some special art is taught. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
    the military academy at West Point; a riding academy; the Academy of Music.; a music academy; a language academy
  5. A society of learned people united for the advancement of the arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art or science. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
    the French Academy; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and philology.
  6. (obsolete) The knowledge disseminated in an Academy. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 18th century.]
  7. (with the, without reference to any specific academy) Academia.
  8. A body of established opinion in a particular field, regarded as authoritative.
  9. (UK, education) A school directly funded by central government, independent of local control.
Synonyms
  • (society of learned people) learned society
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Academy
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /əˈkæd.ə.mi/
Proper noun
  1. (classical studies, history) The school for advanced education founded by Plato; the garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  2. (classical studies) The disciples of Plato. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  3. (classical studies, philosophy) Platonism. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  4. A specific society of scholars or artists.
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