an institution where instruction is given, especially to persons under college age: The children are at school.
an institution for instruction in a particular skill or field.
a college or university.
a regular course of meetings of a teacher or teachers and students for instruction; program of instruction: summer school.
a session of such a course: no school today; to be kept after school.
the activity or process of learning under instruction, especially at a school for the young: As a child, I never liked school.
one's formal education: They plan to be married when he finishes school.
a building housing a school.
the body of students, or students and teachers, belonging to an educational institution: The entire school rose when the principal entered the auditorium.
a building, room, etc., in a university, set apart for the use of one of the faculties or for some particular purpose: the school of agriculture.
a particular faculty or department of a university having the right to recommend candidates for degrees, and usually beginning its program of instruction after the student has completed general education: medical school.
any place, situation, etc., tending to teach anything.
the body of pupils or followers of a master, system, method, etc.: the Platonic school of philosophy.
a group of artists, as painters, writers, or musicians, whose works reflect a common conceptual, regional, or personal influence: the modern school; the Florentine school.
the art and artists of a geographical location considered independently of stylistic similarity: the French school.
any group of persons having common attitudes or beliefs.
Military, Navy. parts of close-order drill applying to the individual (school of the soldier ), the squad (school of the squad ), or the like.
Australian and New Zealand Informal. a group of people gathered together, especially for gambling or drinking.
schools, Archaic. the faculties of a university.
Obsolete. the schoolmen in a medieval university.
of or connected with a school or schools.
Obsolete. of the schoolmen.
Idioms about school
- school·a·ble, adjective
- school·less, adjective
- school·like, adjective
Other definitions for school (2 of 2)
a large number of fish, porpoises, whales, or the like, feeding or migrating together.
to form into, or go in, a school, as fish.
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How to use school in a sentence
They are great at expanding access, allowing teachers and schools to reach more students than ever before.Why hasn’t digital learning lived up to its promise? | Walter Thompson | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
Once the class had started, the school should have committed to letting the students finish what they started, they both said.Morning Report: Lincoln Abruptly Canceled AP Class | Voice of San Diego | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
All school reopening plans could depend on whether San Diego County ends up back on the state monitoring watch list.North County Report: Schools Are Reopening for Students Most in Need | Kayla Jimenez | September 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
I ran that comment by LaWana Richmond, who is running for school board to represent the subdistrict that includes Lincoln High.When a Calculus Class Abruptly Became Ceramics at Lincoln High | Scott Lewis | September 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The school also pledged to try to make it work in the fourth quarter of the year after it recruited more students in the meantime.When a Calculus Class Abruptly Became Ceramics at Lincoln High | Scott Lewis | September 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Although Huckabee's condescending tone - like that of an elementary school history teacher - makes it difficult to take seriously.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner! | Olivia Nuzzi | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
And then I did teachers all throughout elementary school and junior high for my friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Author J.K. Rowling says all religions are present at her beloved wizard school—except Wiccans.
One was a Quaker school, whose name he can no longer recall, in upstate New York.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
I ask for half a dozen projectors or so in every school, and for a well-stocked storehouse of films.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
He was the most distinguished representative of the English school of composition, and was knighted in 1842.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Y was a Youth, that did not love school; Z was a Zany, a poor harmless fool.
The child who has got languages from its governess, therefore, marks time—that is to say, wastes time in these subjects at school.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for school (1 of 2)
an institution or building at which children and young people usually under 19 receive education
(as modifier): school bus; school day
(in combination): schoolroom; schoolwork
any educational institution or building
a faculty, institution, or department specializing in a particular subject: a law school
the staff and pupils of a school
the period of instruction in a school or one session of this: he stayed after school to do extra work
meetings held occasionally for members of a profession, etc
a place or sphere of activity that instructs: the school of hard knocks
a body of people or pupils adhering to a certain set of principles, doctrines, or methods
a group of artists, writers, etc, linked by the same style, teachers, or aims: the Venetian school of painting
a style of life: a gentleman of the old school
informal a group assembled for a common purpose, esp gambling or drinking
to train or educate in or as in a school
to discipline or control
British Dictionary definitions for school (2 of 2)
a group of porpoises or similar aquatic animals that swim together
(intr) to form such a group
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Other Idioms and Phrases with school
In addition to the idiom beginning with school
- school of hard knocks
- tell tales (out of school)
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