Definitions for studyˈstʌd i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stud•yˈstʌd i(n.)(pl.)stud•ies

  1. (n.)application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection.

  2. the acquisition of knowledge or skill in a particular branch of learning, science, or art:

    the study of law.

  3. Often, studies. a student's work at school or college:

    to pursue one's studies.

  4. something studied or to be studied.

  5. a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject, phenomenon, etc.

  6. a written account of such an investigation.

  7. a well-defined, organized branch of learning or knowledge.

  8. zealous endeavor or assiduous effort.

  9. the object of such endeavor or effort.

  10. deep thought; reverie.

  11. a room set apart for private study, reading, writing, or the like.

    Category: Architecture

  12. a musical composition whose purpose is to improve a player's technique.

    Category: Music and Dance

  13. 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.

    Category: Literature

  14. a work of art produced as an educational exercise, as a memorandum of things observed, or as a guide for a finished work.

    Category: Fine Arts

  15. a person in relation to the speed at which he or she can memorize something, esp. an actor in regard to learning lines:

    a quick study.

    Category: Showbiz

  16. (v.i.)to apply oneself to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading or investigation.

  17. to apply oneself; endeavor.

  18. to think deeply, reflect, or consider.

  19. to take a course of study, as at a college.

    Category: Education

  20. (v.t.)to apply oneself to acquiring a knowledge of (a subject).

  21. to examine or investigate carefully and in detail.

  22. to observe attentively; scrutinize:

    to study a person's face.

  23. to read carefully or intently.

  24. to endeavor to learn or memorize, as a part in a play.

    Category: Showbiz

  25. to give thought to; consider.

Origin of study:

1250–1300; (n.) ME studie < OF estudie < L studium <stud(ēre) to be busy with, devote oneself to

Princeton's WordNet

  1. survey, study(noun)

    a detailed critical inspection

  2. study, work(noun)

    applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)

    "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"

  3. report, study, written report(noun)

    a written document describing the findings of some individual or group

    "this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale"

  4. study(noun)

    a state of deep mental absorption

    "she is in a deep study"

  5. study(noun)

    a room used for reading and writing and studying

    "he knocked lightly on the closed door of the study"

  6. discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick(noun)

    a branch of knowledge

    "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"

  7. sketch, study(noun)

    preliminary drawing for later elaboration

    "he made several studies before starting to paint"

  8. cogitation, study(noun)

    attentive consideration and meditation

    "after much cogitation he rejected the offer"

  9. study(noun)

    someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a part in a play)

    "he is a quick study"

  10. study(verb)

    a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique

    "a study in spiccato bowing"

  11. analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass, canvas(verb)

    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

    "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"

  12. study(verb)

    be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning

  13. study, consider(verb)

    give careful consideration to

    "consider the possibility of moving"

  14. learn, study, read, take(verb)

    be a student of a certain subject

    "She is reading for the bar exam"

  15. study, hit the books(verb)

    learn by reading books

    "He is studying geology in his room"; "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books now"

  16. study, meditate, contemplate(verb)

    think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

    "He is meditating in his study"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. study(verb)ˈstʌd i

    to learn for school or college

    I can't go out, I have to study for a test.; a young woman studying at Oxford; He studied history at Columbia University.; She studied with/under the greatest pianist of her time.

  2. studyˈstʌd i

    to look at sth for a long time

    She was studying the bacteria under the microscope.; He studied her expression.

  3. studyˈstʌd i

    to research a subject in detail

    scientists studying the migration of the birds; He studied how the brain controls movement.

  4. study(noun)ˈstʌd i

    a piece of research

    a study on the effects of smoking on teenagers; The study shows/suggests that the bacteria could cause the disease.

  5. studyˈstʌd i

    the activity of learning and gathering knowledge

    a period of intensive academic study; Linguistics is the study of language.

  6. studyˈstʌd i

    learning about a particular subject

    the Institute for Peace Studies; a degree in Religious/Communication/International Studies


  1. study(Noun)

    A state of mental perplexity or worried thought.

  2. study(Noun)

    Thought, as directed to a specific purpose; one's concern.

    My study was to avoid disturbing her.

  3. study(Noun)

    Mental effort to acquire knowledge or learning.

    The study of languages is fascinating.

  4. study(Noun)

    The act of studying; examination.

    I made a careful study of his sister.

  5. study(Noun)

    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.

  6. study(Noun)

    An artwork made in order to practise or demonstrate a subject or technique.

  7. study(Verb)

    To revise materials already learned in order to make sure one does not forget them, usually in preparation for an examination.

  8. study(Verb)

    To take a course or courses on a subject.

    I study medicine at the university.

  9. study(Verb)

    To acquire knowledge on a subject.

    Biologists study living things.

  10. study(Verb)

    To look at minutely.

    He studied the map in preparation for the hike.

  11. Origin: studie, from estudie, from studium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Study(verb)

    a setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind to books, arts, or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge

  2. Study(verb)

    mental occupation; absorbed or thoughtful attention; meditation; contemplation

  3. Study(verb)

    any particular branch of learning that is studied; any object of attentive consideration

  4. Study(verb)

    a building or apartment devoted to study or to literary work

  5. Study(verb)

    a representation or rendering of any object or scene intended, not for exhibition as an original work of art, but for the information, instruction, or assistance of the maker; as, a study of heads or of hands for a figure picture

  6. Study(verb)

    a piece for special practice. See Etude

  7. Study(noun)

    to fix the mind closely upon a subject; to dwell upon anything in thought; to muse; to ponder

  8. Study(noun)

    to apply the mind to books or learning

  9. Study(noun)

    to endeavor diligently; to be zealous

  10. Study(verb)

    to apply the mind to; to read and examine for the purpose of learning and understanding; as, to study law or theology; to study languages

  11. Study(verb)

    to consider attentively; to examine closely; as, to study the work of nature

  12. Study(verb)

    to form or arrange by previous thought; to con over, as in committing to memory; as, to study a speech

  13. Study(verb)

    to make an object of study; to aim at sedulously; to devote one's thoughts to; as, to study the welfare of others; to study variety in composition


  1. Study

    A study is a room in a house which is used for paperwork, computer work, or reading. Historically, the study of a house was reserved for use as the private office and reading room of a family father as the formal head of a household, but today studies are generally either used to operate a home business or else open to the whole family. A typical study might contain a desk, chair, computer, a desk lamp or two, and bookshelves. A spare bedroom is often utilized as a study, but many modern homes have a room specifically designated as a study. Other terms used for rooms of this nature include den, home office, or library. The study developed from the closet or cabinet of the Renaissance onwards. The advent of electronic communication and computer technology has widened the appeal of dedicated home working areas, with nearly 20% of all working adults in the United States reporting that they undertake at least some work from home as part of their primary employment.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'study' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #458

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'study' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1702

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'study' in Nouns Frequency: #68

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'study' in Verbs Frequency: #242

Anagrams of study

  1. dusty, Dusty

  2. Dusty

Translations for study

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of devoting time and attention to gaining knowledge

He spends all his evenings in study; She has made a study of the habits of bees.

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