case study


Definition of case study

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

Examples of case study in a Sentence

a case study of prisoners The company's recent history is a case study in bad management.
Recent Examples on the Web Round 3: 75th, Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU Jordan Love, QB, Utah State Jordan Love is a case study in what to scout when evaluating quarterbacks. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL mock draft 2020: It's all pass rush or passing game for the Colts," 4 Feb. 2020 California’s bleak housing market is a case study in how income inequality can affect even those who seem to be making a decent living. Lia Russell, The New Republic, "The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here. And It’s a Nightmare.," 16 Jan. 2020 To liberals, Kushner was a case study in the dangers of nepotism, a dilettante playing diplomat who was either unable or unwilling to use his political capital to rein in Trump’s worst impulses. Brian Bennett, Time, "Inside Jared Kushner’s Unusual White House Role," 16 Jan. 2020 The original movie was a case study in how psychological potency can trump narrative coherence. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Return of the Disney Juggernauts," 9 Jan. 2020 Make swing plays: Alabama's most recent game, a 48-45 loss to Auburn, was a case study in how to lose despite outplaying the opponent. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Alabama: Citrus Bowl scouting report, prediction," 31 Dec. 2019 Illinois is an interesting case study for Alabama to watch. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Thousands moving to Alabama from Illinois every year," 17 Nov. 2019 And Newcastle offer us a very interesting case study, having finally spent some of Mike Ashley's money in search of an upturn in fortunes – including the £40m signing of Brazilian striker Joelinton., "A Way Too Early Assessment of Newcastle's Summer Signings," 12 Oct. 2019 In fact, this house, monitored during its design and construction by the Oregon Department of Energy, was an early case study in green design. Janet Eastman, oregonlive, "Cannon Beach house with a garden roof was born to be green," 22 Sep. 2019

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1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Case study.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of case study

: 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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