UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ak′ə demik)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•a•dem•ic /ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Education of or relating to a school, esp. one for higher education:[before a noun]an academic institution.
  2. Educationof or relating to school subjects that teach general intellectual skills rather than specific job skills:academic subjects like English and mathematics.
  3. not practical or directly useful:Whether she wanted to come or not is an academic question because she's here now.

n. [countable]
  1. Educationa student or teacher at a college or university.
ac•a•dem•i•cal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•a•dem•ic  (ak′ə demik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Educationof or pertaining to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, esp. one for higher education:academic requirements.
  2. Educationpertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.
  3. theoretical or hypothetical;
    not practical, realistic, or directly useful:an academic question; an academic discussion of a matter already decided.
  4. learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.
  5. conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions;
    conventional:academic painting.
  6. Educationacquired by formal education, esp. at a college or university:academic preparation for the ministry.
  7. Philosophy(cap.) of or pertaining to Academe or to the Platonic school of philosophy.

  1. Educationa student or teacher at a college or university.
  2. Educationa person who is academic in background, attitudes, methods, etc.:He was by temperament an academic, concerned with books and the arts.
  3. Philosophy(cap.) a person who supports or advocates the Platonic school of philosophy.
  4. Educationacademics, the scholarly activities of a school or university, as classroom studies or research projects:more emphasis on academics and less on athletics.
  • Greek Akadēmeikós. See academy, academe, -ic
  • Latin Acadēmicus
  • 1580–90
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged humanistic, liberal.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged theoretical.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  formal 1.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
academic /ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/ adj
  1. belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp a college, university, or academy
  2. of purely theoretical or speculative interest
  3. excessively concerned with intellectual matters and lacking experience of practical affairs
  4. (esp of a schoolchild) having an aptitude for study
  5. conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional: an academic painter
  6. relating to studies such as languages, philosophy, and pure science, rather than applied, technical, or professional studies
  1. a member of a college or university

ˌacaˈdemically adv
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