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verb study pronunciation in British English /ˈstʌdi/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestudying
past tensestudied
past participlestudied
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  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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to learn about a problem or a particular subject using scientific methods

      They will study the effect of technology on jobs.

    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.

    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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