I. study stud‧y 1 [ˈstʌdi] noun studies PLURALFORM [countable]
a piece of work that is done to find out more about a particular subject or problem, and usually includes a written report:

• According to a new study, home ownership in Europe ranges from 29% in Switzerland to 82% in Ireland.

study of/​into

• a four-month study of the world's largest debt market

ˈcase ˌstudy
a detailed account of the development of a particular person, group, or situation that is studied as a typical or good example of something:

• A detailed case study of the two hotels identifies present practices and attitudes, and the need for and the barriers against work flexibility.

feasiˈbility ˌstudy COMMERCE
a careful study of how a planned activity will work, how much it will cost, and what income it is likely to produce. Feasibility studies are carried out to discover whether it is worth investing in a particular project:
feasibility study into

• They carried out a feasibility study into spreading telecommunications into remote areas.

ˈmarket ˌstudy MARKETING
the study of how something is sold, who buys it etc:

• World trade in spices now amounts to about 600,000 tons a year, worth $3 billion, according to a market study.

ˈmethod ˌstudy HUMAN RESOURCES
a detailed examination of the way something is done in order to see if it can be done cheaper or quicker:

• A method study is essential in the successful operation of a growing corporation.

ˌtime and ˈmotion ˌstudy also ˈtime ˌstudy, ˈmotion ˌstudy HUMAN RESOURCES
a study of the time spent on particular activities, in order to find out how effective working methods are:

• In a time and motion study the question asked is: why can't all workers produce the output achieved by the best workers?

  [m0] II. study study 2 verb studied PTandPP
1. [transitive] to carefully consider a plan, idea, document etc:

• I haven't had time to study the proposals yet.

• We are studying a bonus system based on how long brokers stay at the firm.

2. [transitive] to watch or examine something carefully over a period of time in order to discover more about it:

• Japanese firms are studying the U.S. market very carefully.

3. [intransitive, transitive] to spend time reading, going to classes etc in order to learn about a subject:

• She was studying economics at Fordham University.

• My brother's studying to be an accountant.

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study UK US /ˈstʌdi/ verb
[I or T] to learn about a subject, especially at a school or university or by reading books: study for sth »

He's studying for a master's degree at Yale University.


She studied economics and politics.


What do you plan to do when you finish studying?

[T] to examine something very carefully: »

The group of economists studied the regional market.


A committee will study the links between the two industries.

study UK US /ˈstʌdi/ noun
[C] a detailed examination of a subject in order to discover new information: »

The study calls for about $86.7 million in emergency repairs.

a study of/on sth »

She published a study on strategic financial management.

carry out/conduct/undertake a study »

AON consulting conducted a study to identify causes of absenteeism.


A recent study of 300 executives found that many wanted more high-tech training.


a major/large/national study


an independent/in-depth study

[U] the activity of making a detailed examination of a subject: »

The recommendations are based on the detailed study of banking profitability.


He called for more study of the oceans' role in climate change.

[U] the activity of learning about a subject, usually at school or university: »

She switched from Economics to the study of human behaviour.

studies — Cf. studies
See also CASE STUDY(Cf. ↑case study), FEASIBILITY STUDY(Cf. ↑feasibility study), MARKET SURVEY(Cf. ↑market survey), METHOD STUDY(Cf. ↑method study), TIME AND MOTION STUDY(Cf. ↑time and motion study), TRACKING STUDY(Cf. ↑tracking study), WORK-STUDY(Cf. ↑work-study)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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