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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The most recent addition — 10 miles of rush-hour, peak-direction toll lanes on I-66 inside the Beltway — has made Virginia a national case study for toll systems. Washington Post, "Virginia explores extending the 495 Express Lanes to the American Legion Bridge," 30 June 2018 Hackett's bold leadership will greatly reduce costs while increasing margins, and make for an intriguing business case study for years to come. Phillip Molnar,, "Is it a bad time to stop making small cars in the U.S.?," 4 May 2018 D'Angelo, who is an economics teacher at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, created the case study for the contest based on previous scenarios in other challenges. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Save the family RV by cutting elsewhere? Maybe, if kids get their way," 27 Apr. 2018 Some of Walker’s most surprising case studies are of ethnic minorities whose historical narratives have been subsumed by Russia’s victory cult, and who have been recruited, seemingly against all odds, to fight on the side of their oppressor. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Why have post-Soviet countries embraced populism and nostalgia?," 3 May 2018 The case study was published in the current issue of the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Live bee sting acupuncture is deadly for Madrid woman," 22 Mar. 2018 Four case studies—Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Midland, Texas—offered a rulebook for inclusive recovery. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018 The kicker: In many of the cases studied, villains were given foreign accents. Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic, "Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents?," 4 Jan. 2018 These Stanley Cup finals represent a unique case study, a nexus of hometown rooting interests and legal sports wagering. Author: Rick Maese, Anchorage Daily News, "The house doesn’t always win: Las Vegas may lose millions on the home team," 30 May 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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