Pronunciation: (ak'u-dēm", ak"u-dēm'), [key]
1. the campus activity, life, and interests of a college or university; the academic world.
2. (sometimes cap.) any place of instruction; a school.
3. (cap.) the public grove in Athens in which Plato taught.
4. a person living in, accustomed to, or preferring the environment of a university.
5. a scholarly or pedantic person, esp. a teacher or student.
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