- Study is the act of learning and spending time discovering information or an academic work or investigation about a particular thing or subject area.
- An example of study is learning about science or the study of science.
- An example of study is a publication in a journal of science.
- An example of study is research conducted into evolution.
- Study is to spend time learning about or investigating a subject.
- An example of study is when you go to the library and read your books for class.
- An example of study is when a scientists observes rats to find out how the brain works.
- the act or process of applying the mind so as to acquire knowledge or understanding, as by reading, investigating, etc.
- careful attention to, and critical examination and investigation of, any subject, event, etc.
- [usually pl., with sing. v.] a branch of learning or knowledge: urban studies is a popular major
- any subject of study
- [pl.] formal education; schooling
- a product of studying; specif.,
- an essay or thesis embodying the results of a particular investigation
- a work of literature or art treating a subject in careful detail and typically done as an exercise in technique, etc.
- a first sketch for a story, picture, etc.
- an earnest effort or intention
- a state of mental absorption; reverie
- a room, as in a house, designed for study, writing, reading, etc.
- a person with reference to the ability to memorize, comprehend, etc.: a quick study
Origin of studyMiddle English studie from Old French estudie from Classical Latin studium, zeal, study from studere, to busy oneself about, apply oneself to, study, origin, originally , probably , to aim toward, strike at, akin to tundere, to strike, beat from Indo-European an unverified form (s)teud- from base an unverified form (s)teu-, to beat from source stock, steep
transitive verbstud′ied, stud′y·ing
- to apply one's mind to attentively; try to learn or understand by reading, thinking, etc.: to study history
- to examine or investigate carefully: to study the problem of air pollution
- to look at carefully; scrutinize: to study a map
- to read (a book, lesson, etc.) so as to know and understand it
- to concentrate on so as to memorize
- to take a course in, as at a school or college
- to give attention, thought, or consideration to: studying possible changes
- to study something
- to be a student; take a regular course (at a school or college)
- to make earnest efforts; try hard
- to meditate; ponder
study up on
Informal to make a careful study of
- a. The effort to acquire knowledge, as by reading, observation, or research: The study of language has overturned many misconceptions.b. An act or effort made in the pursuit of knowledge: applied himself to his studies.c. A branch of knowledge or department of learning: the study of geography; graduate studies.
- a. Attentive examination or analysis: The new drug is still under study.b. A detailed examination, analysis, or experiment investigating a subject or phenomenon: conducted a study of children's reading habits.c. A document or publication presenting the results of such an endeavor.
- a. A literary work treating a particular subject or character: The novel is a study of Irish childhood.b. A preliminary sketch, as for a work of art or literature.
- Medicine A diagnostic test.
- Music A composition intended as a technical exercise.
- A state of mental absorption: She is in a deep study.
- A room intended or equipped for studying or writing.
- A noteworthy or interesting example: He is a study in contradictions.
verbstud·ied, stud·y·ing, stud·ies
- a. To apply one's mind purposefully to the acquisition of knowledge or understanding of (a subject).b. To take (a course) at a school.
- To try to memorize: studied the lines for her role in the play.
- a. To perform a study of; investigate: We need to study the problem further.b. To read or look at carefully: studied the map; studied his expression.c. To give careful thought to; contemplate: Let's study our next move.
- Medicine To perform a diagnostic test on (a part of the body, for example).
- To apply oneself to learning, especially by reading: studied for the exam.
- To pursue a course of study: studied at Yale.
- To ponder; reflect.
Origin of studyMiddle English studie from Old French estudie from Latin studium from studēre to study
(third-person singular simple present studies, present participle studying, simple past and past participle studied)
- (usually academic) To revise materials already learned in order to make sure one does not forget them, usually in preparation for an examination.
- Students are expected to start studying for final exams in March.
- I need to study my biology notes.
- (academic) To take a course or courses on a subject.
- I study medicine at the university.
- To acquire knowledge on a subject.
- Biologists study living things.
- To look at minutely.
- He studied the map in preparation for the hike.
- To fix the mind closely upon a subject; to dwell upon anything in thought; to muse; to ponder.
- To endeavor diligently; to be zealous.
- (archaic) Thought, as directed to a specific purpose; one's concern.
- My study was to avoid disturbing her.
- Mental effort to acquire knowledge or learning.
- The study of languages is fascinating.
- The act of studying; examination.
- I made a careful study of his sister.
- Any particular branch of learning that is studied; any object of attentive consideration.
- A room in a house intended for reading and writing; traditionally the private room of the male head of household.
- Father spends all his time in the study poring over manuscripts.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
- his cheery little study
- An artwork made in order to practise or demonstrate a subject or technique.
- a study of heads or of hands for a figure picture
- (music) A piece for special practice; an etude.