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Dictionary Definition

study

Noun

1 a detailed critical inspection [syn: survey]
2 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" [syn: work]
3 a written document describing the findings of some individual or group; "this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale" [syn: report, written report]
4 a state of deep mental absorption; "she is in a deep study"
5 a room used for reading and writing and studying; "he knocked lightly on the closed door of the study"
6 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" [syn: discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, bailiwick, branch of knowledge]
7 preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several studies before starting to paint" [syn: sketch]
8 attentive consideration and meditation; "after much cogitation he rejected the offer" [syn: cogitation]
9 someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a part in a play); "he is a quick study"
10 a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique; "a study in spiccato bowing"

Verb

1 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" [syn: analyze, analyse, examine, canvass, canvas]
2 be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning
3 give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving" [syn: consider]
4 be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam" [syn: learn, read, take]
5 learn by reading books; "He is studying geology in his room"; "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books now" [syn: hit the books]
6 think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study" [syn: meditate, contemplate] [also: studied]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈstʌdi/, /"stVdi/
  • Rhymes: -ʌdi

Verb

  1. To acquire knowledge on a subject through concentration on prepared learning materials.

Translations

to acquire knowledge

Usage notes

In American-English the word 'study' may refer to the general concept of studying (i.e. at the university) or to the process known as 'revision' in British-English (i.e. to study for an exam). These two meanings are often conveyed by different words in other languages (cf. 'studieren' and 'lernen' in German).

Noun

  1. The act of acquiring knowledge on a subject through concentration.
    The study of languages is fascinating.
  2. A room in a house intended for reading and writing.
  3. An artwork made in order to practise or demonstrate a subject or technique.

Translations

act of acquiring knowledge
room in a house
artwork made in order to practise or demonstrate
  • Finnish: tutkielma, etydi (in music)
  • German: Studie
  • Hungarian: tanulmány
  • Icelandic: etýða, æfing

Extensive Definition

Study may refer to:
  • Studying, to acquire knowledge on a subject through concentration on prepared learning materials
  • Study (drawing), a drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece
  • Study (room), a room in a home used as an office or library
  • Study (group)
Study may also refer to:
Study is the surname of:
study in German: Studio
study in French: Studio
study in Italian: Studio
study in Dutch: Studio
study in Polish: Studio
study in Albanian: Studio
study in Swedish: Studio (olika betydelser)
study in Yiddish: שטודיע

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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