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noun school pronunciation in British English /skuːl/
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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 hall.

    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.

      at school:

      Both my kids are still at school.

      start/leave school:

      I left school when I was fifteen.

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

      a school uniform

      the school bus/library/hockey team

  2. 3
    [countable/uncountable] American informal a college or university

    Cornell is a very good school.

  3. 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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