school·​ing | \ˈskü-liŋ \

Definition of schooling 

1a : instruction in school : education

b : training, guidance, or discipline derived from experience

2 archaic : reproof

3 : the cost of instruction and maintenance at school

4 : the training of a horse for service especially : the teaching and exercising of horse and rider in the formal techniques of equitation

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Examples of schooling in a Sentence

He has had little schooling. the extended schooling needed for a horse to be able to make those precision movements

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In the Nature Genetics paper, each of the 1,200-plus SNPs identified in the GWAS seems to contribute, on average, to predicting just two more weeks of schooling. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 Signage can help promote the language in public spaces, and schooling is also key. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisis," 3 July 2018 Several of the returning families Fox News spoke to at the camps said schooling was a deciding factor in their return. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Under threat and homeless, displaced Iraqis return to the camps," 16 May 2018 Many young adults overcoming addiction have gaps in their schooling, low high school GPAs or missing standardized test scores. NBC News, "A growing number of sober programs support college students recovering from addiction," 29 May 2018 All of these lessons are crucial to your success moving forward in your life and in your schooling. Kaitlin Roig-debellis, Glamour, "Sandy Hook Teacher: My Dream Was to Be an Educator, Not a Member of Law Enforcement," 23 Feb. 2018 The several hours of schooling every day, which might include a civics class in American history and laws, though not necessarily the ones that led to their incarceration., "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018 In Nigeria, where just 8% of women who leave school after the age of 11 can read a sentence, one study suggests that an extra year of schooling is associated with women having 0.26 fewer births. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 This time of year is often scary for graduates who are left to navigate the world of work after 17 years of schooling. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "How the Great Recession changed the job market forever for college grads," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of schooling

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of schooling

: teaching that is done in a school


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