Definition of psychology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//saɪˈkɒlədʒi//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] the scientific study of the mind and how it influences behaviour social/educational/child psychology compare pop psychology See related entries: Subjects and courses
  2. 2[singular] the kind of mind that somebody has that makes them think or behave in a particular way the psychology of small boys The answers we give will reflect our own psychology. Watching the shoppers at the sales gave her a first-hand insight into crowd psychology.
  3. 3[singular] how the mind influences behaviour in a particular area of life the psychology of interpersonal relationships More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  4. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from modern Latin psychologia (see psycho-, -logy).
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