- 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
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