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adjective academic pronunciation in British English /ˌækəˈdemɪk/
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  1. 1
    [usually before noun] relating to education, especially education in colleges and universities
    The book brings together several academic disciplines.
    1. a.
      based on learning from books and study rather than on practical skills and experience
      The college offers both academic and professional qualifications.
      a school with a reputation for academic and sporting excellence
  2. 2
    good at learning things by studying
    She’s certainly bright, but she’s not very academic.
  3. 3
    not relating to a real situation, and therefore not relevant
    Given the lack of funding, any discussion of future plans was somewhat academic.

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 academic pronunciation in British English /ˌækəˈdemɪkli/ adverb
The children were doing well academically.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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