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Definition of 'study'


  1. a detailed critical inspection
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: work
  3. a written document describing the findings of some individual or group; "this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: sketch
  8. attentive consideration and meditation; "after much cogitation he rejected the offer"
       Synonyms: 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"


  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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: consider
  4. be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: hit the books
  6. think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"
       Synonyms: meditate contemplate

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