ac·​a·​de·​mia | \ ˌa-kə-ˈdē-mē-ə How to pronounce academia (audio) \

Definition of academia

: the life, community, or world of teachers, schools, and education : academe scientists in industry and academia a career in academia

Examples of academia in a Sentence

She found the business world very different from academia.

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Look at what motivates scientific research in both the private (e.g., drug companies) and public (e.g., academia) sectors. WSJ, "It Says ‘Science.’ Does That Mean It’s Right?," 30 Apr. 2018 Prior to appearing on the hit competition show, Tim spent many years in the world of academia, working as associate dean and then Fashion Department Chair at Parsons School of Design. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is Tim Gunn From 'Project Runway'? This Is the Real Reason He Left the Show," 14 Mar. 2019 There are international conferences and universities offering degrees in the field, but cyberpsychology hasn’t received wide attention outside of academia. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Cyberpsychologist Says Companies Must Rethink Approach to Cyber Defense," 31 Oct. 2018 Officials in Colorado, Georgia and elsewhere have built, or are building, information sharing hubs for local businesses, government and academia. Jeff Stone, WSJ, "State Cybersecurity Centers Aim to Shrink Talent Gap," 25 May 2018 The report recommends a number of ways for government, academia, and business to reboot the nation’s creative juices, such as increased federal spending on basic research. The Christian Science Monitor, "A creative solution to the US-China trade dispute," 10 Apr. 2018 The Brooklyn native and Yale grad has a long résumé of high-level positions in government and academia, and currently holds what some call the toughest job in Washington. Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan, "The 20 Best Moments for Women in 2014," 3 Dec. 2014 Defense officials said both efforts reflect the government’s new artificial-intelligence strategy that aims to work with academia and industry to fast-track adoption of advanced data-management techniques. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Pentagon Drafts Artificial Intelligence to Fight Wildfires," 12 Feb. 2019 This appears to be the first meeting of such magnitude, however, with nearly 60 key scientists and engineers from industry, academia, and government attending the workshop, including a handful of leaders from NASA's Mars exploration program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of academia

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for academia

latinization of academy (with -ia suggesting a geographic entity), after its Latin etymon, Acadēmia

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