Meaning of “case study” in the English Dictionary

"case study" in British English

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case studynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkeɪs ˌstʌd.i/ us /ˈkeɪs ˌstʌd.i/

a detailed account giving information about the development of a person, group, or thing, especially in order to show general principles:

This is an interesting psychiatric case study of a child with extreme behavioural difficulties.

(Definition of “case study” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"case study" in American English

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case studynoun [ C ]

us /ˈkeɪs ˈstʌd·i/

a detailed examination of a particular process or situation over a period of time:

She published a series of case studies on how schools used computers in language learning.

(Definition of “case study” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"case study" in Business English

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case studynoun [ C ]

uk us

a detailed study of a person, group, or thing, especially in order to show general principles:

A case study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers assessed the annual fiscal impact of a US football team.

something or someone that can be used as an example to show general principles:

a case study on/of/in sth The town can be seen as an interesting case study on the effects of globalization.

(Definition of “case study” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)