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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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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