case study

noun

Definition of case study

  1. 1 :  an intensive analysis of an individual unit (such as a person or community) stressing developmental factors in relation to environment

  2. 2 :  case history

Examples of case study in a Sentence

  1. a case study of prisoners

  2. The company's recent history is a case study in bad management.

1914

First Known Use of case study

1914


CASE STUDY Defined for English Language Learners

case study

noun

Definition of case study for English Language Learners

  • : a published report about a person, group, or situation that has been studied over time; also : a situation in real life that can be looked at or studied to learn about something


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