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Definition of college noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] (often in names) a place where students can study for a degree after they have finished high school Carleton College a college campus/student a private college He got interested in politics when he was in college. She's away at college in California. He's hoping to go to college next year. Topic CollocationsEducationlearning acquire/get/lack experience/training/(an) education receive/provide somebody with training develop/design/plan a curriculum/course/program/syllabus give/go to/attend a class/lesson/lecture/seminar hold/run/conduct a class/seminar/workshop moderate/lead/facilitate a discussion sign up for/take a course/classes/lessonsschool go to/start preschool/kindergarten/nursery school be in the first, second, etc. grade (at school) study/take/drop history/chemistry/German, etc. finish/drop out of/quit school graduate from high school/collegeproblems at school be the victim/target of bullying/teasing skip/cut/ (informal) ditch class/school cheat on an exam/a test get/be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/be suspended from schoolwork and exams do your homework/a project on something work on/write/do/submit an essay/a dissertation/a thesis/an assignment/a paper finish/complete your dissertation/thesis/studies hand in/turn in your homework/essay/assignment/paper study/prepare/review/ (informal) cram for a test/an exam take/ (formal) sit for a test/an exam grade homework/a test do well on/ (informal) ace a test/an exam pass/fail/ (informal) flunk a test/an exam/a class/a course/a subjectcollege apply to/get into/go to/start college leave/graduate from college (with a degree in computer science)/law school study for/work towards a law degree/a degree in physics major/minor in biology/philosophy earn/receive/be awarded/get/have/hold a master's degree/a bachelor's degree/a Ph.D. in economics see also community college
  2. 2 [countable] one of the main divisions of some large universities The history department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  3. 3[countable] the teachers and/or students of a college
  4. 4 [countable] (usually in names) an organized group of professional people with special interests, duties, or powers the National College of District Attorneys the American College of Cardiology see also electoral college
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: college