case study

noun

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 Britney's extenuating circumstances serve as the most extreme case study for what happens when women are not allowed to hold the reigns of their own narratives. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Women In Hollywood Are Rallying Around The #FreeBritney Movement After Revealing Doc," 9 Feb. 2021 But this particular ecosystem and its local funders have provided an encouraging case study in how to confront an existential threat to art and business. New York Times, "What’s Playing in Dallas? With Streaming, I Could Find Out," 2 Dec. 2020 The researchers focused on Minnesota, which records data about the age and cause of drownings, as a case study, and found that 44 percent of those who drowned without a vehicle involved were children younger than nine years old. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Climate Change Causes Weaker, More Dangerous Lake Ice," 24 Nov. 2020 Private citizen Trump will offer an illuminating case study in how social media companies handle an extremely online ex-head of state with a penchant for spreading disinformation. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Trump is about to lose his special privileges on Twitter," 12 Nov. 2020 Khodorkovsky moment, Estonian tax, the return of sail, commercial real estate woes, and execution vs. exorcism — an economic case study. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Betting on a Biden Binge," 3 Nov. 2020 The mask, which protects wearers against the effects of tear gas for up to 15 minutes, was designed using Hong Kong as a case study. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "The U.S.’s Electoral College is an epic design fail," 3 Nov. 2020 Trumpworld’s infection fiasco is an especially bizarre case study of one of the pandemic’s defining features: how different feeling safe and being safe actually are. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Broke America’s Understanding of Safety," 26 Oct. 2020 Fast & Casual Sweetfin, a Los Angeles chain in early on the poke tide, serves as an interesting case study on how and why poke took off. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 10 Aug. 2020

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1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Case study.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/case%20study. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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case study

noun

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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