studystudy2 ●●● S1 W1 verb (studied, studying) 1 [intransitive, transitive]SESTUDY to learn about a subject at school, university etc I’ve been studying English for six years. I can’t study with that music playing all the time.study law/business/history etc (=study a subject at a school or university) Anna is studying French literature.study at a university/school etc Stephen is currently studying at Exeter University.study to be a doctor/lawyer etc My brother’s studying to be an accountant.study for an exam/diploma etc I’ve only got three weeks left to study for my exams.study under somebody (=be trained by a famous teacher) a psychologist who studied under Jung in Zurich► see thesaurus at learn2 [transitive]STUDY to try to find out more about a subject or problem, using scientific methods Goodall was studying the behavior of chimpanzees in the wild. The scientists were studying the action of a protein called ubiquitin.study how/what/why etc They’re studying how stress affects body chemistry.► see thesaurus at examine3 [transitive]LOOK AT to look at something carefully syn look at She studied his face. They got out of the car and studied the map. I haven’t had time to study the proposals yet.THESAURUSstudy verb [intransitive, transitive] to learn about a subject at school, university etcIf you study hard, you’ll get a good job.He studied law at Harvard University.take verb [transitive] to study a subject that you have chosen at school, college etcWhat classes are you taking next semester?In my final year, I decided to take English and economics.do verb [transitive] British English informal to study a particular subject at school or universityI can’t decide whether to do German or Spanish next year.Did you do computing at school?major in something phrasal verb American English to study something as your main subject at a college or universityDiane majored in psychology at the University of Washington.revise verb [intransitive] British English to study to prepare for an examinationIt’s best to start revising early.He’s revising for his final exams.cram verb [intransitive] informal to study very hard and try to learn a lot of information just before an examinationEveryone’s cramming for their final exams.do research to study something in a very detailed way, especially in order to discover new information about itHe does research at Oxford University.I’m doing research into second language learning.It’s difficult to do research on humans. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusstudy• However, having studied all these reports, it does seem that voluntary organisation involvement is encouraged through national policy guidelines.• As a teen, Dunn was encouraged by her father to study art in college.• If Angel had studied at Cambridge he would never have become a farmer and married a country girl.• I studied cases of tuberculosis in hospital employees between 1984 and 1992.• "Is Ian coming with us?" "He can't - he's studying for his exams."• He studied for the bar exam all year, and he still didn't pass.• Alan hardly studied for the test, but he still passed.• I can't go to the movie tonight - I have a big test to study for.• Schultes has spent a lifetime studying hallucinogenic drugs.• If you study hard, you'll be able to get into a good university.• NASA has used the space shuttle to study how materials perform in a weightless environment.• My parents first met when dad was studying in England.• Language change is one of the subjects of historical linguistics, the subfield of linguistics that studies language in its historical aspects.• This allowed him to study many waves traveling along more or less the same path.• She's studying Music at Berkeley College in Boston.• I'm going to spend the afternoon studying my notes.• His parents sent him to Moscow to study physics, chemistry, and mathematics.• Less than 10% of girls choose to study Science at school.• She spent several years studying the behaviour of gorillas in Africa.• A team of scientists has been studying the effects of acid rain over a twenty-year period.• I won't comment till I've had time to study the proposals.• The bill says nothing about requiring taggants in gunpowder, only studying them.• Dad thinks I should study to be a doctor, but I'm not interested in medicine.• He's studying to be a lawyer.• She's at business school, studying to be an accountant.• Nicoll was himself a noted psychologist and studied under Jung in Zurich.• It's difficult to study when the weather's so hot.study to be a doctor/lawyer etc• They thought he should study to be a doctor.• And best of all, he was studying to be a lawyer, just like her father.study how/what/why etc• Actually I was just starting to go over the new plant feasibility study when you called.• Animal viruses became easier to study when methods of growing them were devised.• Her next logical step would be to begin studying when the summer was over.• Why should they study when they imagine a future secured by a seven-figure contract?• Students may study how famous people learned to cope with and benefit from failure.• Many people have already commented on their fascination and excitement at being able to study how Henry Moore lived and worked.• The cell can therefore be pressurised to study how materials behave under high pressure.• Endocrinology: Researchers have also been studying how thyroxine-deficient mouse model has been produced using transgenic ablation.