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     n 1: a detailed critical inspection [syn: survey]
     2: applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject
        (especially by reading); "mastering a second language
        requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study
        in interior design" [syn: work]
     3: a written document describing the findings of some
        individual or group; "this accords with the recent study
        by Hill and Dale" [syn: report]
     4: a state of deep mental absorption; "she is in a deep study"
     5: a room used for reading and writing and studying; "he
        knocked lightly on the closed door of the study"
     6: a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his
        doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their
        subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
        [syn: discipline, subject, subject area, {subject
        field}, field, field of study, bailiwick, {branch of
     7: preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several
        studies before starting to paint" [syn: sketch]
     8: attentive scrutiny and thought; "after much cogitation he
        rejected the offer" [syn: cogitation]
     9: someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a
        part in a play); "he is a quick study"
     10: a composition intended to develop one aspect of the
         performer's technique; "a study in spiccato bowing"
     v 1: consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to
          discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a
          sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a
          criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives" [syn: analyze,
           analyse, examine, canvass]
     2: be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an
        institute of learning
     3: give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of
        moving" [syn: consider]
     4: be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the
        bar exam" [syn: learn, read, take]
     5: learn by reading books; "He is studying geology in his
        room"; "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books
        now" [syn: hit the books]
     6: think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He
        is meditating in his study" [syn: meditate, contemplate]