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noun     school pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a place where children go to be taught

    It’s the biggest school in the city.

    at/in school:

    The kids will be at school until 3:00 today.

    go to school:

    It’s time to go to school.

    1. a.
      [singular] all the students and staff at a school

      The whole school assembled in the auditorium.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the time that children spend at school during a day

      Don’t be late for school!

      before/after school:

      They go swimming after school on Thursdays.

    3. c.
      [uncountable] the period during your life when you go to school

      I didn’t like school very much.

      in school:

      Angela’s still in school, but she graduates in May.

      start/quit/leave school:

      I quit school when I was fifteen.

    4. d.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a school

      a school uniform

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] American informal a college or university

    Cornell is a very good school.

    go to school:

    She’s going to school at Stanford.

    1. a.
      the period during your life when you go to a college or university
      in school:

      Times have changed since you were in school.

      start/quit school:

      He quit school after his freshman year and went traveling.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a college or university

      the school song/colors

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a university department or a college that teaches a particular subject

    medical/law school

  4. 4
    [countable] a group of writers, artists, etc. whose work or ideas are similar

    the Impressionist school of painting

    1. a.
      a group of people who share the same opinions or ways of thinking

      What you think about this probably depends on which school of economics you belong to.

  5. 5
    [countable] a large group of fish, dolphins, whales, etc.
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