Meaning of “study” in the English Dictionary

"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:

Next term we will study plants and how they grow.
She's been studying for her doctorate for three years already.

More examples

  • She couldn't study with the children chasing around the house.
  • One of the main reasons I came to England was to study the language.
  • You'll need peace and quiet to study.
  • Richard studied engineering at Manchester University.
  • I studied music at college.

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.

More examples

  • You can take the documents home and study them at your leisure.
  • The committee studied the minutiae of the report for hours.
  • She studied the document.
  • She studied the pale skin of his face in the dim lamplight.
  • I've been studying village records in the local archive.

Phrasal verb(s)

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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  • the study of molecular biology
  • After years of study, Tim is now a fully-fledged architect.
  • The room is dedicated to study.
  • If we clear out the spare room, you can use it as a study.
  • Our spare bedroom doubles up as a study for Dan when he's working at home.

(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 /ˈstʌdi/ us

[ 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 /ˈstʌdi/ us

[ 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)