Definition of academia in English:


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  • The environment or community concerned with the pursuit of research, education, and scholarship.

    ‘he spent his working life in academia’
    • ‘Youth is a rare species, and much loved - as much by art and academia as by market research.’
    • ‘If medical academia is to flourish research and education must be given equal weight.’
    • ‘Similar influences are at work in the arts, education, academia and especially in the sphere of politics.’
    • ‘How did a man who had no experience in academia get to be president of the college?’
    • ‘I am a woman in science; should I expect to encounter sexism in my pursuit of academia?’
    • ‘The way to resolve this is to return education to academia and educational experts.’
    • ‘Is there a purpose to academia other than the education of a proportion of the population, and if so what?’
    • ‘I have traversed five years of university to decide that academia is my probable vocation.’
    • ‘The book ranges over countless topics, from the share market to academia to rail gauges.’
    • ‘The low numbers of these graduates in academia reflects the worldwide unpopularity of academic medicine.’
    • ‘Her interest in academia began with studies through the Open University.’
    • ‘She stresses that it is crucial for women in academia to concentrate on their research.’
    • ‘So he returned to academia, to the famous university of Cambridge to study Global Politics.’
    • ‘Communities love to claim the achievers in sports and academia, the artists, and the good kids.’
    • ‘Does perhaps the ridiculing of an area of academia bring the whole intellectual community into disrepute?’
    • ‘Do not rely on them for landing that assistant professor job, or anything else in academia.’
    • ‘Instead, academia sometimes draws criticism for apparently doing research for its own sake.’
    • ‘We also need to create state run research organisations which partner with academia and industry.’
    • ‘I took a stroll across the university campus, a compact woodland grove of academia.’
    • ‘My eventual entry into university and the to the margins of academia was much more circuitous.’



/ˌakəˈdēmēə/ /ˌækəˈdimiə/


Mid 16th century (as another name for Plato's Academy): from Latin (see academy). Use as a term for the academic environment or community dates from the early 20th century.