- application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection: long hours of study.
- the cultivation of a particular branch of learning, science, or art: the study of law.
- Often studies. a personal effort to gain knowledge: to pursue one's studies.
- something studied or to be studied: Balzac's study was human nature.
- research or a detailed examination and analysis of a subject, phenomenon, etc.: She made a study of the transistor market for her firm.
- a written account of such research, examination, or analysis: He published a study of Milton's poetry.
- a well-defined, organized branch of learning or knowledge.
- zealous endeavor or assiduous effort.
- the object of such endeavor or effort.
- deep thought, reverie, or a state of abstraction: He was lost in study and did not hear us come in.
- a room, in a house or other building, set apart for private study, reading, writing, or the like.
- Also called étude. Music. a composition that combines exercise in technique with a greater or lesser amount of artistic value.
- a literary composition executed for exercise or as an experiment in a particular method of treatment.
- such a composition dealing in detail with a particular subject, as a single main character.
- Art. something produced as an educational exercise, as a memorandum or record of observations or effects, or as a guide for a finished production: She made a quick pencil sketch of his hands as a study for the full portrait in oils.
- a person, as an actor, considered in terms of his or her quickness or slowness in memorizing lines: a quick study.
- to apply oneself to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or practice.
- to apply oneself; endeavor.
- to think deeply, reflect, or consider.
- to take a course of study, as at a college.
- to apply oneself to acquiring a knowledge of (a subject).
- to examine or investigate carefully and in detail: to study the political situation.
- to observe attentively; scrutinize: to study a person's face.
- to read carefully or intently: to study a book.
- to endeavor to learn or memorize, as a part in a play.
- to consider, as something to be achieved or devised.
- to think out, as the result of careful consideration or devising.
Origin of study
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Examples from the Web for studying
I had been studying abroad in London, and came back to finish the semester at Tufts.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
He has been living, studying and working in the United States for the past year and a half.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
He holds them on his belly and looks at them with a magnifying glass, studying possible escape routes.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
All this time, even back when he was studying at Purdue, Pragnell was an avid home-brewer.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Archaeologists have an uncanny ability to ignore the discomforts and channel the time period and the people they're studying.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
That seemed short enough—but after studying it, I says, What's the use of saying 'eat'?
He left her studying the card with a curious little flash of surprise.
After studying a moment, she said: "About twenty-three dollars."Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
He was studying her in a way that Mart did not in the least understand.
Meantime, "the boys" of the dreaded class were studying the new face.
- to apply the mind to the learning or understanding of (a subject), esp by readingto study languages; to study all night
- (tr) to investigate or examine, as by observation, research, etcto study the effects of heat on metal
- (tr) to look at minutely; scrutinize
- (tr) to give much careful or critical thought to
- to take a course in (a subject), as at a college
- (tr) to try to memorizeto study a part for a play
- (intr) to meditate or contemplate; reflect
- the act or process of studying
- (as modifier)study group
- a room used for studying, reading, writing, etc
- (often plural) work relating to a particular disciplineenvironmental studies
- an investigation and analysis of a subject, situation, etca study of transport provision in rural districts
- a product of studying, such as a written paper or book
- a drawing, sculpture, etc, executed for practice or in preparation for another work
- a musical composition intended to develop one aspect of performing techniquea study in spiccato bowing
- theatre a person who memorizes a part in the manner specifieda quick study
- in a brown study in a reverie or daydream
Word Origin and History for studying
early 12c., from Old French estudier "to study" (French étude), from Medieval Latin studiare, from Latin studium "study, application," originally "eagerness," from studere "to be diligent" ("to be pressing forward"), from PIE *(s)teu- "to push, stick, knock, beat" (see steep (adj.)). The noun meaning "application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge" is recorded from c.1300. Sense of "room furnished with books" is from c.1300. Study hall is attested from 1891, originally a large common room in a college. Studious is attested from late 14c.
- Research, detailed examination, or analysis of an organism, object, or phenomenon.
- To research, examine, or analyze something.
Idioms and Phrases with studying
see brown study.