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verb [transitive]     school pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleschooling
past tenseschooled
past participleschooled
  1. 1
    [usually passive] formal to educate a child

    She was schooled in Chicago.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] to teach or train someone in a particular subject or skill
    school someone in something:

    He had been well schooled in the art of diplomacy.

  3. 3
    to train a horse so that someone can ride it, especially in competitions
  4. 4
    formal to make yourself do something difficult

    He had schooled himself to be friendly even to the rudest customers.

    1. a.
      if you school your features, you make yourself look calm even though you do not feel calm


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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