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verb study pronunciation in British English /ˈstʌdi/
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present tense
I/you/we/theystudy
he/she/itstudies
present participlestudying
past tensestudied
past participlestudied
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to learn about a subject by going to school, university etc
    I wanted to study languages in the sixth form.
    study for: Janet’s studying for a degree in history.
    study to be/become something: Michael was studying to be a lawyer.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] to learn about a problem or a particular subject using scientific methods
      They will study the effect of technology on jobs.
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    2. b.
      [intransitive] to do work such as reading and homework
      You need to study hard if you want to pass.
      She shouldn’t spend all her time studying.
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    See also learn
  2. 2
    [transitive] to read or look at something very carefully
    I have studied various maps of the area.

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