study Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a detailed critical inspection
noun applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
- mastering a second language requires a lot of work
- no schools offer graduate study in interior design
noun a written document describing the findings of some individual or group
report; written report.
- this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale
noun a state of deep mental absorption
- she is in a deep study
noun a room used for reading and writing and studying
- he knocked lightly on the closed door of the study
noun a branch of knowledge
discipline; subject field; field of study; subject area; field; bailiwick; subject.
- in what discipline is his doctorate?
- teachers should be well trained in their subject
- anthropology is the study of human beings
noun preliminary drawing for later elaboration
- he made several studies before starting to paint
noun attentive consideration and meditation
- after much cogitation he rejected the offer
noun someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a part in a play)
- he is a quick study
noun a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique
- a study in spiccato bowing
verb consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
canvas; analyse; examine; canvass; analyze.
- analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare
- analyze the evidence in a criminal trial
- analyze your real motives
verb be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning
verb give careful consideration to
- consider the possibility of moving
verb be a student of a certain subject
read; take; learn.
- She is reading for the bar exam
verb learn by reading books; I must hit the books now"
hit the books.
- He is studying geology in his room
- I have an exam next week
verb think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
- He is meditating in his study
A setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind to books, arts, or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge.
Hammond . . . spent thirteen hours of the day in study. Bp. Fell.
Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace. Sir W. Temple.
Mental occupation; absorbed or thoughtful attention; meditation; contemplation.
Just men they seemed, and all their study bent To worship God aright, and know his works. Milton.
Any particular branch of learning that is studied; any object of attentive consideration.
The Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament, are her daily study. Law.
The proper study of mankind is man. Pope.
A building or apartment devoted to study or to literary work."His cheery little study." Hawthorne.
(Fine Arts) A representation or rendering of any object or scene intended, not for exhibition as an original work of art, but for the information, instruction, or assistance of the maker; as, a. studyof heads or of hands for a figure picture
(Mus.) A piece for special practice. See Etude.
Stud"y intransitive verb
To fix the mind closely upon a subject; to dwell upon anything in thought; to muse; to ponder.Chaucer.
I found a moral first, and then studied for a fable. Swift.
To apply the mind to books or learning.Shak.
To endeavor diligently; to be zealous.1 Thes. iv. 11.
Stud"y transitive verb
To apply the mind to; to read and examine for the purpose of learning and understanding; as, to. studylaw or theology; to studylanguages
To consider attentively; to examine closely; as, to. studythe work of nature
Study thyself; what rank or what degree The wise Creator has ordained for thee. Dryden.
To form or arrange by previous thought; to con over, as in committing to memory; as, to. studya speech
To make an object of study; to aim at sedulously; to devote one's thoughts to; as, to. studythe welfare of others; to studyvariety in composition
For their heart studieth destruction. Prov. xxiv. 2.