1250-1300; (noun) Middle Englishstudie < Old Frenchestudie < Latinstudium, equivalent to stud(ēre) to be busy with, devote oneself to, concentrate on + -ium-ium; (v.) Middle Englishstudien < Old Frenchestudier < Medieval Latinstudiāre, derivative of studium
nonstudy, noun, plural nonstudies.
outstudy, verb (used with object), outstudied, outstudying.
prestudy, verb (used with object), prestudied, prestudying, noun, plural prestudies.
1. inquiry, research, reading, thought, consideration. 7. subject, field, area. 11. library, den. 21. Study, consider, reflect, weigh imply fixing the mind upon something, generally doing so with a view to some decision or action. Study implies an attempt to obtain a grasp of something by methodical or exhaustive thought: to study a problem. To consider is to fix the thought upon something and give it close attention before making a decision concerning it, or beginning an action connected with it: to consider ways and means. Reflect implies looking back quietly over past experience and giving it consideration: to reflect on similar cases in the past. Weigh implies a deliberate and judicial estimate, as by a balance: to weigh a decision.
early 12c., from O.Fr. estudier "to study" (Fr. étude), from M.L. studiare, from L. studium "study, application," originally "eagerness," from studere "to be diligent" ("to be pressing forward"), from PIE *(s)teu- "to push, stick, knock, beat" (see steep (adj.)). The noun meaning "application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge" is recorded from c.1300. Sense of "room furnished with books" is from c.1300. Study hall is attested from 1891, originally a large common room in a college. Studious is attested from late 14c.