A school is an institution designed for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools. The names for these schools vary by country but generally include primary school for young children and secondary school for teenagers who have completed primary education. An institution where higher education is taught, is commonly called a university college or university.

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  1. A group of fish or a group of marine mammals such as porpoises, dolphins, or whales.
    The divers encountered a huge school of mackerel.
  2. A multitude.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. An institution dedicated to teaching and learning; an educational institution.
  2. An educational institution providing primary and secondary education, prior to tertiary education (college or university).
  3. Within a larger educational institution, an organizational unit, such as a department or institute, which is dedicated to a specific subject area.
  4. The followers of a particular doctrine; a particular way of thinking or particular doctrine; a school of thought.
  5. The time during which classes are attended or in session in an educational institution.
  6. The room or hall in English universities where the examinations for degrees and honours are held.
  7. The canons, precepts, or body of opinion or practice, sanctioned by the authority of a particular class or age.
    He was a gentleman of the old school.


  1. To form into, or travel in a school.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To educate, teach, or train (often, but not necessarily, in a school.)
    Many future prime ministers were schooled in Eton.
  2. To defeat emphatically, to teach an opponent a harsh lesson.
  3. To control, or compose, one's expression.
    She took care to school her expression, not giving away any of her feelings.

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