[ak-uh-deem, ak-uh-deem]
the campus activity, life, and interests of a college or university; the academic world.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any place of instruction; a school.
(initial capital letter) the public grove in Athens in which Plato taught.
a person living in, accustomed to, or preferring the environment of a university.
a scholarly or pedantic person, especially a teacher or student.

1580–90; < Latin Acadēmus < Greek Akádēmos Academus Unabridged
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academe (ˈækəˌdiːm)
1.  any place of learning, such as a college or university
2.  the grove of Academe, the groves of Academe the academic world
[C16: first used by Shakespeare in Love's Labour's Lost (1594); see academy]

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Word Origin & History

"The Academy," 1580s, from phrase the groves of Academe, translating Horace's silvas Academi (see academy); general sense of "the world of universities and scholarship" is attested from 1849. Academia in the sense of "academic community" is from 1956.
"Academe properly means Academus (a Greek hero); & its use as a poetic variant for academy, though sanctioned by Shakespeare, Tennyson & Lowell, is a mistake; the grove of A., however, (Milton) means rightly The Academy." [Fowler]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
The halls of academe have long been a forgiving environment for absentminded
But her heart was truly in academe, to which she returned.
Energy experts in government, business and academe have been pumping out
  suggestions to help consumers conserve fuel.
Keep up with all that's happening in academe each day.
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