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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kad-uh-mee]
    • /əˈkæd ə mi/
    • /əˈkæd.ə.mi/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kad-uh-mee]
    • /əˈkæd ə mi/

Definitions of academy word

  • countable noun academy Academy is sometimes used in the names of schools and colleges, especially those specializing in particular subjects or skills, or private high schools in the United States. 3
  • countable noun academy Academy appears in the names of some societies formed to improve or maintain standards in a particular field. 3
  • noun academy an institution or society for the advancement of literature, art, or science 3
  • noun academy a school for training in a particular skill or profession 3
  • noun academy a secondary school: now used only as part of a name, and often denoting a private school 3
  • noun academy the grove or garden near Athens where Plato taught in the late 4th century bc 3

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Origin of academy

First appearance:

before 1470
One of the 25% oldest English words
1470-80; < Latin acadēmīa < Greek akadḗmeia, equivalent to Akádēm(os) Academus + -eia adj. suffix

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Parts of speech for Academy


academy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% 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".

academy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for academy

noun academy

  • institute — to set up; establish; organize: to institute a government.
  • secondary school — a high school or a school of corresponding grade, ranking between a primary school and a college or university.
  • preparatory school — a private or parochial secondary school, especially one boarding its students and providing a college-preparatory education.
  • seminary — a special school providing education in theology, religious history, etc., primarily to prepare students for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate.
  • boarding school — A boarding school is a school which some or all of the pupils live in during the school term. Compare day school.

Top questions with academy

  • what time does academy close?
  • when are the academy awards?

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