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Meaning of “study” in the English Dictionary

"study" in British English

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studyverb

uk   us   /ˈstʌd.i/
  • study verb (LEARN)

A1 [I or T] to ​learn about a ​subject, ​especially in an ​educationalcourse or by ​readingbooks: to study ​biology/​chemistry Next ​term we will study ​plants and how they ​grow. She's been studying for her ​doctorate for three ​years already.

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  • study verb (EXAMINE)

B2 [T] to ​examine something very ​carefully: I ​wanttime to study this ​contractthoroughly before ​signing it. [+ question word] Researchers have been studying howpeople under ​stress make ​decisions.

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Phrasal verbs

studynoun

uk   us   /ˈstʌd.i/
  • study noun (EXAMINING)

B2 [C] the ​activity of ​examining a ​subject in ​detail in ​order to ​discover new ​information: a five-year study of the ​relationship between ​wildlife and ​farming Some studies have ​suggested a ​link between ​certaintypes of ​artificialsweetener and ​cancer. [C] a ​drawing that an ​artist makes in ​order to ​testideas before ​starting a ​painting of the same ​subject
  • study noun (LEARNING)

B2 [U] the ​act of ​learning about a ​subject, usually at ​school or ​university: the study of ​Englishliteraturestudies A2 [plural] studying or ​workinvolving studying: Adam doesn't ​spend enough ​time on his studies. used in the ​names of some ​educationalsubjects and ​courses: the ​department of business/​media studiesB1 [C] a ​room, ​especially in a ​house, used for ​quietwork such as ​reading or writing

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

"study" in American English

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studyverb

 us   /ˈstʌd·i/
  • study verb (LEARN)

[I/T] to ​learn a ​particularsubject or ​subjects, esp. in a ​school or ​college or by ​readingbooks: [T] Next ​semester we’ll be studying ​biology. [I] I’ve got to study ​tonight.
  • study verb (EXAMINE)

[T] to ​look at something ​carefully to ​learn about it: She studied the ​embroidery to ​see how it was done.

studynoun

 us   /ˈstʌd·i/
  • study noun (LEARNING)

[C/U] the ​activity of studying: [U] He ​began the study of ​violin when he was only three. [C/U] A study is a ​room used for ​reading and writing in a person’s ​home.
  • study noun (EXAMINING)

[C] a ​report that ​examines a ​subject in ​detail in ​order to ​discover new ​information: Studies show that ​exercise is ​important to ​health.
(Definition of study from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"study" in Business English

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studyverb

uk   us   /ˈstʌdi/
[I or T] to learn about a ​subject, especially at a school or university or by reading ​books: study for sth He's studying for a master's degree at Yale University. She studied ​economics and ​politics. What do you ​plan to do when you ​finish studying?
[T] to ​examine something very carefully: The ​group of ​economists studied the ​regionalmarket. A ​committee will study the ​links between the two ​industries.

studynoun

uk   us   /ˈstʌdi/
[C] a detailed ​examination of a ​subject in ​order to discover new ​information: The study ​calls for about $86.7 million in ​emergencyrepairs.a study of/on sth She ​published a study on ​strategicfinancialmanagement.carry out/conduct/undertake a study AON ​consultingconducted a study to ​identify causes of ​absenteeism. A recent study of 300 ​executivesfound that many wanted more ​high-techtraining. a major/large/​national study an independent/in-depth study
[U] the ​activity of making a detailed ​examination of a ​subject: The ​recommendations are ​based on the detailed study of ​bankingprofitability. He called for more study of the oceans' role in ​climatechange.
[U] the ​activity of ​learning about a ​subject, usually at school or university: She ​switched from Economics to the study of ​humanbehaviour.
studies [plural] the ​work someone does that involves studying: pursue/neglect/continue your studies He ​leftfull-timeemployment to continue his studies at university. used in the ​names of some ​educational subjects and ​courses: Business Studies management/​environmental/women's studies
(Definition of study from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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