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"study" in British English

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studyverb

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

A1 [I or T] to learn about a subject, especially in an educational course or by reading books: 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 want time to study this contract thoroughly before signing it. [+ question word] Researchers have been studying how people under stress make decisions.

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Phrasal verbs

studynoun

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

B2 [U] the act of learning about a subject, usually at school or university: the study of English literature
studies A2 [plural]
studying or work involving studying: Adam doesn't spend enough time on his studies.
used in the names of some educational subjects and courses: the department of business/media studies
B1 [C] a room, especially in a house, used for quiet work 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 particular subject or subjects, esp. in a school or college or by reading books: [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 regional market. 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 emergency repairs.a study of/on sth She published a study on strategic financial management.carry out/conduct/undertake a study AON consulting conducted a study to identify causes of absenteeism. A recent study of 300 executives found that many wanted more high-tech training. 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 banking profitability. He called for more study of the oceans' role in climate change.
[U] the activity of learning about a subject, usually at school or university: She switched from Economics to the study of human behaviour.
studies [plural]
the work someone does that involves studying: pursue/neglect/continue your studies He left full-time employment 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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