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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-uh-dem-ik]
    • /ˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk/
    • /ˌækəˈdemɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-uh-dem-ik]
    • /ˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk/

Definitions of academic word

  • adjective academic Academic is used to describe things that relate to the work done in schools, colleges, and universities, especially work which involves studying and reasoning rather than practical or technical skills. 3
  • adjective academic Academic is used to describe things that relate to schools, colleges, and universities. 3
  • adjective academic Academic is used to describe work, or a school, college, or university, that places emphasis on studying and reasoning rather than on practical or technical skills. 3
  • adjective academic Someone who is academic is good at studying. 3
  • countable noun academic An academic is a member of a university or college who teaches or does research. 3
  • adjective academic You can say that a discussion or situation is academic if you think it is not important because it has no real effect or cannot happen. 3

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Origin of academic

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Latin Acadēmicus < Greek Akadēmeikós. See academy, academe, -ic

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Parts of speech for Academic


academic popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

academic usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for academic

noun academic

  • lecturer — a person who lectures.
  • professor — a teacher of the highest academic rank in a college or university, who has been awarded the title Professor in a particular branch of learning; a full professor: a professor of Spanish literature.
  • scholar — a learned or erudite person, especially one who has profound knowledge of a particular subject.
  • student — a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college; pupil: a student at Yale.
  • tutor — a person employed to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, especially a private instructor.

adjective academic

  • educational — pertaining to education.
  • school — a large number of fish, porpoises, whales, or the like, feeding or migrating together.
  • college — A college is an institution where students study after they have left school.
  • university — an institution of learning of the highest level, having a college of liberal arts and a program of graduate studies together with several professional schools, as of theology, law, medicine, and engineering, and authorized to confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Continental European universities usually have only graduate or professional schools.
  • learning — knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application.

Antonyms for academic

noun academic

  • ignoramus — an extremely ignorant person.

adjective academic

  • ignorant — lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
  • ordinary — of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
  • plain — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.
  • practical — of or relating to practice or action: practical mathematics.
  • simple — easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools.

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