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verb [transitive]     school pronunciation in British English
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.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] formal to educate a child

    She was schooled in London.

  3. 3
    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
  4. 4
    to train a horse so that someone can ride it, especially in competitions


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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