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n. pl. stud·ies
a. The effort to acquire knowledge, as by reading, observation, or research: The study of language has overturned many misconceptions.
b. An act or effort made in the pursuit of knowledge: applied himself to his studies.
c. A branch of knowledge or department of learning: the study of geography; graduate studies.
a. Attentive examination or analysis: The new drug is still under study.
b. A detailed examination, analysis, or experiment investigating a subject or phenomenon: conducted a study of children's reading habits.
c. A document or publication presenting the results of such an endeavor.
a. A literary work treating a particular subject or character: The novel is a study of Irish childhood.
b. A preliminary sketch, as for a work of art or literature.
4. Medicine A diagnostic test.
5. Music A composition intended as a technical exercise.
6. A state of mental absorption: She is in a deep study.
7. A room intended or equipped for studying or writing.
8. A noteworthy or interesting example: He is a study in contradictions.
v. stud·ied, stud·y·ing, stud·ies
a. To apply one's mind purposefully to the acquisition of knowledge or understanding of (a subject).
b. To take (a course) at a school.
2. To try to memorize: studied the lines for her role in the play.
a. To perform a study of; investigate: We need to study the problem further.
b. To read or look at carefully: studied the map; studied his expression.
c. To give careful thought to; contemplate: Let's study our next move.
4. Medicine To perform a diagnostic test on (a part of the body, for example).
1. To apply oneself to learning, especially by reading: studied for the exam.
2. To pursue a course of study: studied at Yale.
3. To ponder; reflect.

[Middle English studie, from Old French estudie, from Latin studium, from studēre, to study.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.studying - reading carefully with intent to rememberstudying - reading carefully with intent to remember
reading - the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message; "his main reading was detective stories"; "suggestions for further reading"
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I see you pegging away at your books, no, I mean studying hard.
Her dream was to make me a Presbyterian minister and I was studying with that end in view.
Her feet seemed to drag as she moved about the house, and I got up from the table where I was studying and went to her, asking if she didn't feel well, and if I couldn't help her with her work.
All those eyes, which had been curiously studying the lineaments of the sage, as the source of their own intelligence, turned on the instant, and were now bent in secret admiration on the erect, agile, and faultless person of the captive.
But I know she was studying that pattern, and I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself!
For her own part, she had reason to believe that he practised animal magnetism, and, if such things were in fashion nowadays, should be apt to suspect him of studying the Black Art up there in his lonesome chamber.
Ye have been studying those Scriptures, now, for the last thirty years, to my certain knowledge.
As he was studying it out, Starbuck took a long cutting-spade pole, and with his knife slightly split the end, to insert the letter there, and in that way, hand it to the boat, without its coming any closer to the ship.
Jack Duane was from the East; he was a college-bred man--had been studying electrical engineering.
After one boot was fairly on, the senator sat with the other in his hand, profoundly studying the figure of the carpet.
It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.
That sounded pretty reasonable, so I didn't say no more; but I couldn't keep from studying over it and wishing I knowed who shot the man, and what they done it for.