Definition of seminar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsemɪnɑː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsemɪnɑːr//
    University life
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  1. 1a class at a university or college when a small group of students and a teacher discuss or study a particular topic Teaching is by lectures and seminars. a graduate seminar a seminar room Wordfinderdegree, dissertation, education, graduate, hall of residence, lecture, major, seminar, tutorial, university CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/​get/​lack (an) education/​training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/​provide somebody with training/​tuition develop/​design/​plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/​syllabus give/​go to/​attend a class/​lesson/​lecture/​seminar hold/​run/​conduct a class/​seminar/​workshop sign up for/​take a course/​classes/​lessonsSchool go to/​start preschool/​kindergarten/​nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/​take/​drop history/​chemistry/​German, etc. (British English) leave/​finish/​drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/​collegeProblems at school be the victim/​target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/​skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/​cut class/​school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) 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/(British English) revision/​a project on something work on/​write/​do/​submit an essay/​a dissertation/​a thesis/​an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/​complete your dissertation/​thesis/​studies/​coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/​essay/​assignment/​paper study/​prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/​an exam take/ (both British English) do/​sit a test/​an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/​a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/​an exam pass/​fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/​an exam/​a class/​a course/​a subjectUniversity apply to/​get into/​go to/​start college/(British English) university leave/​graduate from law school/​college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/​take/ (British English) do/​complete a law degree/​a degree in physics (both North American English) major/​minor in biology/​philosophy earn/​receive/​be awarded/​get/​have/​hold a master’s degree/​a bachelor’s degree/​a PhD in economics See related entries: University life
  2. 2a meeting for discussion or training a one-day management seminar
  3. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from German Seminar, from Latin seminarium ‘seed plot’, neuter of seminarius ‘of seed’, from semen ‘seed’.Extra examples I recently spoke at an educational seminar for judges. In spring 2006 I taught a seminar on Sappho. Professor Mackay will give a seminar on Pound’s poetry. Professor Mackay will give a seminar on musical settings of Verlaine’s poetry. There was some lively debate at this week’s seminar. a seminar focusing on Africa The company organizes management seminars. They are all participants in the graduate seminar. a seminar room/​group
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