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



    BrE BrE//ˈstʌdi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌdi//
    (pl. studies) Rooms in a house, Describing art, Experiments and research, Pieces of music
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    activity of learning
  1. 1  [uncountable] the activity of learning or gaining knowledge, either from books or by examining things in the world a room set aside for private study academic/literary/scientific, etc. study It is important to develop good study skills. Physiology is the study of how living things work. Wordfindercourse, distance learning, education, exam, further education, graduate, higher education, qualification, study, tertiary
  2. 2  studies [plural] (formal) a particular person’s learning activities, for example at a college or university to continue your studies
  3. academic subject
  4. 3  studies [uncountable + singular or plural verb] used in the names of some academic subjects business/media/American studies
  5. detailed examination
  6. 4  [uncountable] the act of considering or examining something in detail These proposals deserve careful study.
  7. 5  [countable] a piece of research that examines a subject or question in detail to make/carry out/conduct a study This study shows/confirms/suggests that… a detailed study of how animals adapt to their environment scientific studies of fishing grounds and methods of fishing Wordfinderanalysis, evaluate, evidence, experiment, hypothesis, laboratory, research, result, science, study CollocationsScientific researchTheory formulate/​advance a theory/​hypothesis build/​construct/​create/​develop a simple/​theoretical/​mathematical model develop/​establish/​provide/​use a theoretical/​conceptual framework advance/​argue/​develop the thesis that… explore an idea/​a concept/​a hypothesis make a prediction/​an inference base a prediction/​your calculations on something investigate/​evaluate/​accept/​challenge/​reject a theory/​hypothesis/​modelExperiment design an experiment/​a questionnaire/​a study/​a test do research/​an experiment/​an analysis make observations/​measurements/​calculations carry out/​conduct/​perform an experiment/​a test/​a longitudinal study/​observations/​clinical trials run an experiment/​a simulation/​clinical trials repeat an experiment/​a test/​an analysis replicate a study/​the results/​the findings observe/​study/​examine/​investigate/​assess a pattern/​a process/​a behaviour/(especially US English) a behavior fund/​support the research/​project/​study seek/​provide/​get/​secure funding for researchResults collect/​gather/​extract data/​information yield data/​evidence/​similar findings/​the same results analyse/​examine the data/​soil samples/​a specimen consider/​compare/​interpret the results/​findings fit the data/​model confirm/​support/​verify a prediction/​a hypothesis/​the results/​the findings prove a conjecture/​hypothesis/​theorem draw/​make/​reach the same conclusions read/​review the records/​literature describe/​report an experiment/​a study present/​publish/​summarize the results/​findings present/​publish/​read/​review/​cite a paper in a scientific journal see also case study See related entries: Experiments and research
  8. room
  9. 6   [countable] a room, especially in somebody’s home, used for reading and writing See related entries: Rooms in a house
  10. art
  11. 7[countable] a drawing or painting of something, especially one done for practice or before doing a larger picture a study of Chartres Cathedral a nude study See related entries: Describing art
  12. music
  13. 8 (also étude) [countable] a piece of music designed to give a player practice in technical skills See related entries: Pieces of music
  14. perfect example
  15. 9[singular] study (in something) (formal) a perfect example of something His face was a study in concentration.
  16. Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French estudie (noun), estudier (verb), both based on Latin studium ‘zeal, painstaking application’.Extra examples A new study shows that fewer students are studying science. A preliminary study suggested that the product would be popular. A study group meets every Sunday at the church. An independent study was commissioned by the department. He has made a special study of the way that birds communicate with one another. He lectures in management studies. In a recent study, 40% of schools were found to be understaffed. Many undertake further studies after college. Many undertake further studies after passing their A levels. Now that her children are all at school, she’s going to take up full-time study again. Princeton’s African American studies department Research studies carried out in Italy confirmed the theory. Shakespeare is the subject of a new study by Anthony Bryan. She devoted herself to a serious study of the Koran. She returned to her studies when her children reached school age. She’s doing women’s studies at Liverpool University. Students do a foundation year before specializing in their chosen field of study. The company allows its staff to take paid study leave. The company undertook an extensive feasibility study before adopting the new system. The course integrates academic study and practical training. The first part of the course is designed to develop students’ study skills. The present study reveals an unacceptable level of air pollution in the city centre. The study aims to examine bias in television news coverage. The study compares the incidence of bone cancer in men and women. The study group was selected from a broad cross section of the population. The study highlighted three problem areas. The study provided valuable insight into the development of the disease. The ten-year study covered 13 000 people aged 15-25. This grammar book is suitable both for classroom use and for independent study. This phenomenon has been observed in both laboratory and field studies. This phenomenon has been observed in field studies. When he has completed his studies, he’ll travel around the world. a close study of energy prices a comparative study of the environmental costs of different energy sources a definitive study on medieval weapons a detailed case study of nine companies a longitudinal study of children in low-income families a study based on a sample of male white-collar workers a study commissioned by the World Bank a study into the viability of the mine full-time study for an MA the biochemical process under study the university’s cultural studies course A comparative study was carried out into the environmental costs of different energy sources. A detailed study of the area was carried out. He needed more leisure to pursue his studies. I returned to full-time study once my kids were all at school. It’s important to develop good study skills. She crossed the hallway and opened the door to her private study. Students in the same field of study may have very different skill levels. The scientific study of American dialects began in 1889. There’s a quiet room set aside for private study.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English) thinking deeply so that you do not notice what is happening around you
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