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noun school pronunciation in American English /skul/
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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
      the school bus/library/baseball team
  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
    the School of Management
    medical/law school
    1. a.
      a private institution that teaches a particular skill
      the Perkins School of Ballroom Dancing
      a driving/typing 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.


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