Academy definition

ə-kădə-mē
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A school offering instruction in a special field.

A music academy.

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A school for special instruction.
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A private secondary or high school.
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An association of scholars, writers, artists, etc., for advancing literature, art, or science.
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The definition of an academy is a secondary school, particularly one that is private or that provides instruction in a particular subject.

Saint John's College High School, the State University of New York Maritime College and the Texas Military Institute-the Episcopal School of Texas are each an example of an academy.

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The academic community; academe.
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Higher education in general. Used with the.
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A society of scholars, scientists, or artists.
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Plato's school for advanced education and the first institutional school of philosophy.
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Platonism.
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The disciples of Plato.
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(classical studies, usually capitalized) The garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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(classical studies, usually capitalized) Plato's philosophical system based on sketpicism; Plato's followers. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university; typically a private school. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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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.

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A society of learned men 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.

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(with the, without reference to any specific academy) Academia.
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A body of established opinion in a particular field, regarded as authoritative.
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(UK, education) A school directly funded by central government, independent of local control.
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(classical studies, history) The school for advanced education founded by Plato; the garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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(classical studies) The disciples of plato. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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(classical studies, philosophy) Platonism. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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A specific society of scholars or artists.
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A secondary or college-preparatory school, especially a private one.
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the Academy
  • the public park near Athens where Plato taught and founded a school for the study of philosophy
  • this school
  • Plato's followers or their philosophy
  • the academic world
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
academy
Plural:
academies

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Academy

Origin of academy

  • Latin Acadēmīa the school where Plato taught from Greek Akadēmeia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French académie, from Latin acadēmīa, from Ancient Greek Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmia), a grove of trees and gymnasium outside of Athens where Plato taught; from the name of the supposed former owner of that estate, the Attic hero Akademos. Compare academe, academia, Akademeia.

    From Wiktionary

  • French académie, from Latin acadēmīa, from Ancient Greek Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmia), a grove of trees and gymnasium outside of Athens where Plato taught; from the name of the supposed former owner of that estate, the Attic hero Akademos. Compare academe, academia, Akademeia.

    From Wiktionary