Definition of academy in English:


Line breaks: acad|emy
Pronunciation: /əˈkadəmi

noun (plural academies)

  • 1A place of study or training in a special field: a police academy
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    • After graduation, I was accepted into the police academy's six-month training program to become an officer.
    • All three graduated from the police academy at Yuba County Community College.
    • Smithson argues that fire and police academies should offer this training.
    educational institution, training establishment, centre of learning; school, college, university, institute, seminary, conservatory, conservatoire
    historical polytechnic
  • 1.1 dated A place of study: he was educated privately at academies in Margate
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    • The seminary offered women more of a liberal education than the grade-school academies.
    • In London, Daisy had been educated at an academy for young ladies where she gained a reputation as an extrovert.
    • She had decided that I was becoming too much like a boy and requested I to be sent off to my all girls academy to be educated and taught how to be proper.
  • 1.2(In England) an inner-city school which is funded by the government and sometimes also by a private individual or organization but is not controlled by the local authority.
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    • The second proposed city academy in Islington is to be built out of the closure of Islington Green.
    • Ministers want to see 200 academies set up to replace failing schools by 2010, partly supported by some of the richest people in the country.
    • Academies are usually built to replace existing struggling schools, the running costs being funded directly by the Government rather than via the local education authority.
  • 1.3US & Scottish A secondary school, in the US typically a private one: Mark left St Andrews Academy with five highers, and studied maths at Glasgow University
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    • Secondary head teachers said academies should be encouraged to collaborate with neighbouring schools.
    • City academies are publicly-funded independent secondary schools, given more freedom than normal state schools to help them raise standards in disadvantaged urban areas.
    • Independent schools are also coming under pressure to invest more money in facilities as the Government invests in new secondary schools and academies.
  • 1.4 (the Academy) The teaching school founded by Plato.
  • 2A society or institution of distinguished scholars and artists or scientists that aims to promote and maintain standards in its particular field: the Royal Academy of Arts
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    • The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences.
    • He was appointed to numerous academies and societies in Canada and abroad including Honorary Consulting Physician at three different Ontario hospitals and the Chair of Medical Research.
    • He is to step down as chairman of the institution after artists at the academy called for his resignation.


late Middle English (denoting the garden where Plato taught): from French académie or Latin academia, from Greek akadēmeia, from Akadēmos, the hero after whom Plato's garden was named.

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