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 for Academies
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Academy \A*cad"e*my\, n.; pl. Academies. [F. acad['e]mie, L.
     academia. Cf. Academe.]
     1. A garden or grove near Athens (so named from the hero
        Academus), where Plato and his followers held their
        philosophical conferences; hence, the school of philosophy
        of which Plato was head.
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     2. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college
        or a university. Popularly, a school, or seminary of
        learning, holding a rank between a college and a common
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     3. A place of training; a school. "Academies of fanaticism."
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     4. A society of learned men united for the advancement of the
        arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art
        or science; as, the French Academy; the American Academy
        of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and
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     5. A school or place of training in which some special art is
        taught; as, the military academy at West Point; a riding
        academy; the Academy of Music.
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     Academy figure (Paint.), a drawing usually half life-size,
        in crayon or pencil, after a nude model.
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