(noun, verb)


1. a detailed critical inspection

Similar word(s): survey

Definition categories: act, examination, scrutiny

2. applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)

- no schools offer graduate study in interior design

Similar word(s): work

Definition categories: thought, acquisition, learning

3. a written document describing the findings of some individual or group

- this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale

Similar word(s): report

Definition categories: communication, document, papers

4. a state of deep mental absorption

- she is in a deep study

Definition categories: thought, absorption, concentration, engrossment, immersion

5. a room used for reading and writing and studying

- he knocked lightly on the closed door of the study

Definition categories: man–made, room

6. a branch of knowledge

- anthropology is the study of human beings

Similar word(s): bailiwick, discipline, field, subject

Definition categories: thought, domain

7. preliminary drawing for later elaboration

Similar word(s): sketch

Definition categories: man–made, drawing

8. attentive consideration and meditation

Similar word(s): cogitation

Definition categories: thought, contemplation, musing, reflection, reflexion, rumination, thoughtfulness

9. someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a part in a play)

- he is a quick study

Definition categories: person, memorizer

10. a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique

- a study in spiccato bowing

Definition categories: communication, composition, opus, piece

Sentences with study as a noun:

- My study was to avoid disturbing her.

- The study of languages is fascinating.

- I made a careful study of his sister.

- Father spends all his time in the study poring over manuscripts.

- a study of heads or of hands for a figure picture


1. consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

Similar word(s): analyse, analyze, canvass, examine

Definition categories: cognition

2. be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning

Definition categories: cognition

3. give careful consideration to

Similar word(s): consider

Definition categories: perception, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate

4. be a student of a certain subject

Similar word(s): learn, read, take

Definition categories: cognition

5. learn by reading books

- He is studying geology in his room

Definition categories: cognition, acquire, larn, learn

6. think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

- He is meditating in his study

Similar word(s): contemplate, meditate

Definition categories: cognition, cerebrate, cogitate, think

Sentences with study as a verb:

- Students are expected to start studying for final exams in March.

- I need to study my biology notes.

- I study medicine at the university.

- Biologists study living things.