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verb [transitive] school pronunciation in British English /skuːl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleschooling
past tenseschooled
past participleschooled
  1. 1
    [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.
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  2. 2
    [usually passive] formal to educate a child
    She was schooled in London.
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  3. 3
    formal to make yourself do something difficult
    He had schooled himself to be friendly even to the rudest customers.


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