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.

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Less a definitive portrait than a rare opportunity to hang out with one of jazz's most intriguing living personalities, Jake Meginsky's Milford Graves: Full Mantis may look to some viewers like a case study in eccentricity. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Milford Graves: Full Mantis': Film Review," 11 July 2018 Divided by class and upbringing, yet remarkably similar in their tastes and proclivities, the brothers were like a case study in heredity versus environment. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 Those hearings are now widely considered a case study in how not to treat a victim. Juliet Linderman, The Seattle Times, "Hearing on Kavanaugh allegations puts #MeToo to the test," 25 Sep. 2018 Take a brief case study by UCLA about WeWork, a company whose entire mission is to provide entrepreneurs and creatives with functional, enjoyable workspace communities. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Wait, Is Your Open Office Plan Good or Bad?," 21 Aug. 2018 Those repercussions can also play out physically, according to Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist who compiled a heart-wrenching series of case studies in Grief Works, published earlier this year. Kate Branch, Vogue, "How I Learned to Grieve the Loss of My Dad in the Age of Instagram," 6 Oct. 2018 Centineo’s rise to fame is a kind of case study in the appeal of the wholesome internet boyfriend, and why this archetype has taken on a particular urgency here in the draining final months of 2018. Constance Grady, Vox, "Noah Centineo and the rise of the wholesome internet boyfriend, explained," 28 Sep. 2018 Each of these urban case studies is distinctive to its place; San Francisco’s limited land mass has nothing to do with Atlanta’s zoning codes, or Austin’s need for public transit. Curbed, "Can money create a neighborhood?," 19 Sep. 2018 Cam is maybe sixtysomething and a case study in capableness. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Colorado Ranch Retreat That Gives You a Real Taste of Cowboy Life," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of case study

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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