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noun     college pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] in the U.S., a place that gives students degrees. A school of this type can also be called a university if it is large enough to give degrees in more than one subject

    a college professor

    1. a.
      [singular] all the students and teachers in a college

      The whole college was talking about it.

    2. b.
      [countable] one of the parts that some universities are divided into

      the University of Mexico’s College of Arts and Sciences

    3. c.
      [countable/uncountable] in the U.K., a place that gives students qualifications below the level of a university degree, often in the skills they need to do a particular job
      be at college (=be studying at college):

      She’s at secretarial college.

      go to college:

      Paul’s going to college in September.

      I’ve just started a college course.

    4. d.
      [countable/uncountable] in the U.K., a place that gives students degrees in a particular subject

      art/agricultural college

  2. 3


    used in the names of some British private schools

    Eton College

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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