n. pl. a·cad·e·mies
1. A school for special instruction.
2. A secondary or college-preparatory school, especially a private one.
a. The academic community; academe: "When there's moral leadership from the White House and from the academy, people tend to adjust" (Jesse Jackson).
b. Higher education in general. Used with the.
c. A society of scholars, scientists, or artists.
a. Plato's school for advanced education and the first institutional school of philosophy.
c. The disciples of Plato.
[Latin Acadēmīa, the school where Plato taught, from Greek Akadēmeia.]
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