academy /əˈkadəmi/

a

I. noun

1. a place of study or training in a special field

a police academy.
2.
‹dated› a place of study

he was educated privately at academies in Margate.
3. (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.
4.
(US)
(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.
5. ( the Academy) the teaching school founded by Plato.
6. a 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.
– origin 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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