- 1An institution for educating children: Ryder’s children did not go to school at all [as modifier]: school booksMore example sentences
- At school he excelled at all sports, becoming captain of athletics and representing his school in the public schools championships.
- At school, if your teacher had told the class that one kid was going to be famous, how many kids would have said it would be you?
- When I was in school, I used to do impressions of my friends at school and stuff like that.
- 1.1The buildings used by a school: the cost of building a new schoolMore example sentences
- We didn't begin with a project for a house or a school or an office building.
- It looks at facilities like schools, office buildings and factories, and the chemicals likely to be in them.
- They found rates 50 per cent higher than levels established for American schools and public buildings.
- 1.2 [treated as plural] The pupils and staff of a school: the head addressed the whole schoolMore example sentences
- To be rude, I hate the nurse more then any teacher in the whole entire school.
- I'm the one with all the inside info on every single student in the whole pathetic school.
- What if the whole entire school catches it and falls into horrible states mentally and physically?
- 1.3 [mass noun] A day’s work at school: school started at 7 a.m.More example sentences
- The bell rang signalling the end of school and pupils rushed from the front exit out into the street.
- 2Any institution at which instruction is given in a particular discipline: a dancing schoolMore example sentences
- It is set in a dancing school, which opens with a scene of disarray (music and chairs scattered around).
- In this latter regard I am not sure that it is the role of design schools to produce design critics and design writers as much as it is to explore and engender critical practices.
- Art schools trained applied artists to create commercial art and decorative furnishings but offered no training in new technologies.
- 2.1North American • informal another term for university. Harvard is certainly not a loafer’s schoolMore example sentences
- It was therefore out of necessity that we were all drafted into the school's varsity basketball team.
- That's so sad for Scott because he plays tennis all his life and he's a varsity player of their school.
- Many successful people who couldn't afford Ivy League schools graduated from city and state colleges.
- 2.2A department or faculty of a university concerned with a particular subject of study: the School of MedicineMore example sentences
- Optometry courses lasting three years are taught in eight university departments and schools in the UK.
- In order to acquire the funding to expand departments, art schools and universities had to meet the formal requirements attached to the bill.
- Collaborations with other departments or schools at the university also help students explore alternatives.
- 3A group of people, particularly writers, artists, or philosophers, sharing similar ideas or methods: the Frankfurt school of critical theoryMore example sentences
- Furthermore, particular schools of artists and artistic movements are also separate markets.
- The hanging schemes did not accentuate the unique character of individual artists and schools.
- At the same time, a school of white jazz grew up in New York, led by Red Nichols, the Dorsey brothers Tommy and Jimmy, and others.
- 3.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A style, approach, or method of a specified character: film-makers are tired of the skin-deep school of cinemaMore example sentences
- My poetic revelation occurred in the last stages of modernism, when the various schools of the avant-garde were beginning to appear in Latin America.
- For fans of old and new school metal this is a great mix to have cranked up in your car stereo.
- Dvorak himself deliberately failed to initiate an American school of music.
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- 1chiefly • formal or North American Send to school; educate: Taverier was born in Paris and schooled in LyonMore example sentences
- Australians shared the same language, relied on British news for knowledge of the world, and were schooled in an education system which sustained British loyalties.
- He speaks great English, in fact, was schooled in the United States.
- Fifteen or 20 years ago I could protect my children from the excesses of consumerism and materialism by schooling them at home and putting the TV in the closet.
- 1.1Train or discipline (someone) in a particular skill or activity: he schooled her in horsemanship it’s important to school yourself to be good at examsMore example sentences
- Geragos has schooled him and prepared him very well.
- In her disguise as the boy Ganymede, Rosalind is able to promise Orlando a cure for lovesickness and also schools him in the art of love!
- He also has a treasure trove of beer facts and information to school anyone on the secrets of the suds.
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- 1(Of a Xhosa) educated and westernized: economic considerations persuaded many Xhosa not to become school by opting for a Western lifestyle Contrasted with red ( sense 4 of the adjective).
- Finish one’s education: he left school at 16More example sentences
- She wanted to wait until the children finished school and leave school for the summer.
- With American education falling into decay, and each generation leaving school more hopeless than the last, it's good to know New York State isn't bilking its teachers.
- I was upset she was leaving school and probably ending her education.
of (or from) the old school
- see old school.
the school of hard knocks
- see knock.
school of thought
- A particular way of thinking, especially one not followed by the speaker: there is a school of thought that says 1960s office blocks should be refurbished as residential accommodationMore example sentences
- This wide-ranging mastery allows her to describe different schools of thought and research methods with a true distillation rather than simplification.
- There are a few schools of thought regarding style.
- There are a lot of people who are following too much a particular school of thought.
Old English scōl, scolu, via Latin from Greek skholē 'leisure, philosophy, lecture place', reinforced in Middle English by Old French escole.
- A large group of fish or sea mammals: a school of dolphinsMore example sentences
- The area was swarming with people the way a school of fish in a net would flop about.
- Shy leaves hide under their brethren as the icy chill dives and chases each one like a predator feasting on a school of fish.
- Inside her cluttered mind memories swam like a skittish school of fish.
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late Middle English: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōle, of West Germanic origin; related to Old English scolu 'troop'. Compare with shoal1.