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  1. stud·y
  2. noun

    • 1. the devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, especially by means of books:

      the study of English an application to continue full-time study
      Synonym : learning, education, schooling, work, academic work, book work, scholarship, tuition, research, swotting, cramming
    • 2. study as pursued by one person:

      some students may not be able to resume their studies
    • 3. an academic book or article on a particular topic:

      a study of Jane Austen's novels
    • 4. used in the title of an academic subject:

      a major in East Asian studies
    • 5. a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation:

      a study of a sample of 5,000 children the study of global problems
    • 6. a portrayal in literature or another art form of an aspect of behavior or character:

      a study of a man devoured by awareness of his own mediocrity
    • 7. a thing that is or deserves to be investigated; the subject of an individual's study:

      I have made it my study to inspect other people's conduct
    • 8. the object or aim of someone's endeavors:

      the acquisition of a fortune is the study of all
    • 9. a person who learns a skill or acquires knowledge at a specified speed:

      I'm a quick study
    • 10. a room used or designed for reading, writing, or academic work:

      the third bedroom was used as a study
      Synonym : office, workroom, workplace, place of work, studio, library, den, cubbyhole, sanctum
    • 11. a piece of work, especially a drawing, done for practice or as an experiment.

    • 12. a musical composition designed to develop a player's technical skill.

    • 13. a thing or person that is an embodiment or good example of something:

      he perched on the edge of the bed, a study in confusion and misery
    • 14. an amusing or remarkable thing or person:

      Ira's face was a study as he approached the car


    • 1. devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on (an academic subject), especially by means of books:

      she studied biology and botany
      Synonym : learn, read, read up on, work at, be taught, be tutored in, mug up on
    • 2. investigate and analyze (a subject or situation) in detail:

      he has been studying mink for many years
      Synonym : investigate, inquire into, research, conduct research into, look into, examine, analyze, explore, probe, monitor, review, appraise, survey, conduct a survey of, scrutinize, dissect, delve into, check out, suss out
    • 3. apply oneself to study:

      he spent his time listening to the radio rather than studying
      Synonym : work, apply oneself, read up, revise, burn the midnight oil, swot, cram, bone up, mug up, con
    • 4. acquire academic knowledge at an educational establishment:

      he studied at the Kensington School of Art
    • 5. learn intensively about something, especially in preparation for a test of knowledge:

      a graduate student studies up for her doctoral exams
    • 6. (of an actor) try to learn (the words of one's role).

    • 7. give serious thought or consideration to:

      the people here don't make so much noise, so you will find that the government doesn't have us to study
    • 8. look at closely in order to observe or read:

      she bent her head to study the plans
      Synonym : scrutinize, examine, inspect, consider, regard, look at, eye, observe, watch, survey, keep an eye on, keep under surveillance, clock, check out, eyeball
    • 9. make an effort to achieve (a result) or take into account (a person or their wishes):

      with no husband to study, housekeeping is mere play
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: study, plural noun: studies

    • v.: verb: study, 3rd person present: studies, gerund or present participle: studying, past tense: studied, past participle: studied

    • noun

      the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books:

      the time devoted by a particular person to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, typically at school, college, or university:

    • verb

      devote time and attention to gaining knowledge of (an academic subject), especially by means of books:

      investigate and analyse (a subject or situation) in detail:

    • adjective

      (of a quality or result) achieved or maintained by careful and deliberate effort:
    • adjective

      (of a quality or result) achieved or maintained by careful and deliberate effort:
    • noun

      a course of study carried out at home, rather than in a traditional classroom setting.

      an assessment of prospective adoptive parents to see if they are suitable for adopting a child.

    • noun

      a process or record of research in which detailed consideration is given to the development of a particular person, group, or situation over a period of time:

      a particular instance of something used or analyzed in order to illustrate a thesis or principle:

    • noun

      the period of time in a school curriculum set aside for study and the preparation of schoolwork:

      a schoolroom used for study.

    • noun

      the practical study of plants, animals, and natural phenomena as a school subject.
    • adjective

      relating to a college program that enables students to work part-time while attending school.
    • noun

      a group of people who meet to study a particular subject and then report their findings or recommendations:
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