study ( studies plural & 3rd person present) ( studying present participle) ( studied past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you study, you spend time learning about a particular subject or subjects.
...a relaxed and happy atmosphere that will allow you to study to your full potential... V
He went to Hull University, where he studied History and Economics... V n
The rehearsals make it difficult for her to study for law school exams. V for n
2 n-uncount Study is the activity of studying.
also N in pl
...the use of maps and visual evidence in the study of local history..., She gave up her studies to have Alexander.
3 n-count A study of a subject is a piece of research on it.
usu with supp
Recent studies suggest that as many as 5 in 1000 new mothers are likely to have this problem.
4 n-plural You can refer to educational subjects or courses that contain several elements as studies of a particular kind.
...a new centre for Islamic studies..., She is currently doing a business studies course at Leeds.
5 verb If you study something, you look at it or watch it very carefully, in order to find something out.
Debbie studied her friend's face for a moment. V n
6 verb If you study something, you consider it or observe it carefully in order to be able to understand it fully.
I know that you've been studying chimpanzees for thirty years now... V n
I invite every citizen to carefully study the document. V n
7 n-count A study by an artist is a drawing which is done in preparation for a larger picture.
8 n-count A study is a room in a house which is used for reading, writing, and studying.
case study ( case studies plural ) A case study is a written account that gives detailed information about a person, group, or thing and their development over a period of time. n-count
...a large case study of malaria in West African children.
Nature study is the study of animals and plants by looking at them directly, for example when it is taught to young children. n-uncount
Self-study is study that you do on your own, without a teacher. n-uncount oft N n
Individuals can enrol on self-study courses in the university's language institute.