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  • IPA(key): /teɪf/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪf


TAFE (countable and uncountable, plural TAFEs)

  1. (Australia, uncountable) Initialism of technical and further education.
    • 2003, Y. Y. Jessie Wong, R. Gerber, K. A. Toh, Chapter XXI: A Comparative Study of Distributed Web-Based Education (WBE) in Singapore and Australia, Anil Aggarwal (editor), Web-Based Education: Learning from Experience, page 358,
      TAFE Colleges are organized in Australia on a State or Territory basis, and considerable variation is to be found in the way that TAFE Colleges are linked to the other educational sectors.
    • 2007, Michelle Hespe, Industrial Design, Career FAQs, page 129,
      Going to TAFE is a good option if you want to gain more technical skills or if you don′t get a placement at the university you wanted. TAFE is a great place to build up a portfolio of work in preparation for applying for university, especially in the case of some universities where a portfolio presented at interview determines whether an applicant is accepted.
    • 2010, Madaleine Mattarozzi Laming, 9: Stories of Difference: Metroploitan and Rural Students′ Attitudes to University, Joseph Zajda (editor), Globalisation, Ideology and Education Policy Reforms, Springer, page 147,
      Financial security, coupled with a desire for an exciting or satisfying career is a partial explanation of why some inner east students had such positive attitudes to TAFE.
  2. (Australia, countable) A college offering courses in technical and vocational education.

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