application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, such as by reading, investigation, or reflection: Long hours of study had made her an expert.
the cultivation of a particular branch of learning, science, or art: The study of law is challenging for many.
Often studies. a personal effort to gain knowledge: She made many sacrifices to pursue her studies.
something the mind is or will be applied to: 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 detailed 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 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 intellectual effort, 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, such as an actor, considered in terms of their quickness or slowness in memorizing lines: He's always been 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 learning, 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.
- stud·i·a·ble, adjective
- stud·i·er, noun
- non·stud·y, noun, plural non·stud·ies.
- outstudy, verb (used with object), out·stud·ied, out·stud·y·ing.
- pre·stud·y, verb (used with object), pre·stud·ied, pre·stud·y·ing, noun, plural pre·stud·ies.
- re·stud·y, noun, plural re·stud·ies, verb, re·stud·ied, re·stud·y·ing.
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How to use study in a sentence
“I have to think her body type played a role,” said Rachel Greenblatt, a Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard University.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.
“If you look at the studies, most of them stop after six months, one year, two years,” Brown says.
Before his writing days, London used the Oakland establishment to conduct his studies.
Later studies showed that only gaining weight and the return of natural menstruation help improve bone density.
All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
He distinguished himself in early youth by the variety of studies which he accomplished.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
He has gone through such technical studies as no one else has except Tausig, perhaps.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
He studies the subject of Covenanting, endeavours to examine the claims which the exercise has upon him.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Her thirst for knowledge was insatiate, and with untiring assiduity she pursued her studies.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for study
to apply the mind to the learning or understanding of (a subject), esp by reading: to study languages; to study all night
(tr) to investigate or examine, as by observation, research, etc: to 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 memorize: to 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 discipline: environmental studies
an investigation and analysis of a subject, situation, etc: a 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 technique: a study in spiccato bowing
theatre a person who memorizes a part in the manner specified: a quick study
in a brown study in a reverie or daydream
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Other Idioms and Phrases with study
see brown study.
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