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[stuhd-ee] /ˈstʌd i/
noun, plural studies.
application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection:
long hours of study.
the cultivation of a particular branch of learning, science, or art:
the study of law.
Often, studies. a personal effort to gain knowledge:
to pursue one's studies.
something studied or to be studied:
Balzac's study was human nature.
research or a detailed examination and analysis of a subject, phenomenon, etc.:
She made a study of the transistor market for her firm.
a written account of such research, examination, or analysis:
He published a study of Milton's poetry.
a well-defined, organized branch of learning or knowledge.
zealous endeavor or assiduous effort.
the object of such endeavor or effort.
deep thought, reverie, or a state of abstraction:
He was lost in study and did not hear us come in.
a room, in a house or other building, set apart for private study, reading, writing, or the like.
Also called étude. Music. a composition that combines exercise in technique with a greater or lesser amount of artistic value.
  1. a literary composition executed for exercise or as an experiment in a particular method of treatment.
  2. such a composition dealing in detail with a particular subject, as a single main character.
Art. something produced as an educational exercise, as a memorandum or record of observations or effects, or as a guide for a finished production:
She made a quick pencil sketch of his hands as a study for the full portrait in oils.
a person, as an actor, considered in terms of his or her quickness or slowness in memorizing lines:
a quick study.
verb (used without object), studied, studying.
to apply oneself to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or practice.
to apply oneself; endeavor.
to think deeply, reflect, or consider.
to take a course of study, as at a college.
verb (used with object), studied, studying.
to apply oneself to acquiring a knowledge of (a subject).
to examine or investigate carefully and in detail:
to study the political situation.
to observe attentively; scrutinize:
to study a person's face.
to read carefully or intently:
to study a book.
to endeavor to learn or memorize, as a part in a play.
to consider, as something to be achieved or devised.
to think out, as the result of careful consideration or devising.
Origin of study
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English studie < Old French estudie < Latin studium, equivalent to stud(ēre) to be busy with, devote oneself to, concentrate on + -ium -ium; (v.) Middle English studien < Old French estudier < Medieval Latin studiāre, derivative of studium
Related forms
studiable, adjective
studier, noun
nonstudy, noun, plural nonstudies.
outstudy, verb (used with object), outstudied, outstudying.
prestudy, verb (used with object), prestudied, prestudying, noun, plural prestudies.
restudy, noun, plural restudies, verb, restudied, restudying.
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. Unabridged
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  • It's not every day that a scientist studying one animal species comes across another, previously unknown, one.
  • In previous downturns the number of students studying humanities decreased.
  • studying evidence of climate change helps us understand changes in anatomical structure.
  • studying individual neurons has been possible in cell cultures, but brains in a dish behave different than real, living brains.
  • studying the humanities will give you a familiarity with the language of emotion.
  • The report also examines how full-time seniors in different clusters of majors spend their time beyond studying.
  • studying business history is likely to give you a good sense of the fragility of human affairs.
  • The scientists studying the growing disaster couldn't definitively link the two.
  • But that's not the case when your job involves studying evolution.
  • Scientists are studying wild and captive dolphins to decipher their secret language.
British Dictionary definitions for studying


verb studies, studying, studied
to apply the mind to the learning or understanding of (a subject), esp by reading: to study languages, to study all night
(transitive) to investigate or examine, as by observation, research, etc: to study the effects of heat on metal
(transitive) to look at minutely; scrutinize
(transitive) to give much careful or critical thought to
to take a course in (a subject), as at a college
(transitive) to try to memorize: to study a part for a play
(intransitive) to meditate or contemplate; reflect
noun (pl) studies
  1. the act or process of studying
  2. (as modifier): study group
a room used for studying, reading, writing, etc
(often pl) work relating to a particular discipline: environmental studies
an investigation and analysis of a subject, situation, etc: a study of transport provision in rural districts
a product of studying, such as a written paper or book
a drawing, sculpture, etc, executed for practice or in preparation for another work
a musical composition intended to develop one aspect of performing technique: a study in spiccato bowing
(theatre) a person who memorizes a part in the manner specified: a quick study
in a brown study, in a reverie or daydream
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estudie, from Latin studium zeal, inclination, from studēre to be diligent
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Word Origin and History for studying



early 12c., from Old French estudier "to study" (French étude), from Medieval Latin studiare, from Latin 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.

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studying in Medicine

study stud·y (stŭd'ē)
Research, detailed examination, or analysis of an organism, object, or phenomenon. v. stud·ied, stud·y·ing, stud·ies
To research, examine, or analyze something.

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