Synonyms of study

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2 the state of being lost in thought
  • found her staring at the fire in a deep study

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3 a careful weighing of the reasons for or against something
  • the idea is under study by the city council

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  • short shrift

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Synonyms & Antonyms of study (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to use the mind to acquire knowledge
  • you'll have to study hard and learn all about the Revolutionary War in order to pass the history test

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2 to commit to memory
  • having carefully studied the document, he could repeat what it said exactly

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Frequently Asked Questions About study

How does the verb study differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of study are consider, contemplate, and weigh. While all these words mean "to think about in order to arrive at a judgment or decision," study implies sustained purposeful concentration and attention to details and minutiae.

study the plan closely

When might consider be a better fit than study?

The meanings of consider and study largely overlap; however, consider may suggest giving thought to in order to reach a suitable conclusion, opinion, or decision.

refused even to consider my proposal

When would contemplate be a good substitute for study?

The synonyms contemplate and study are sometimes interchangeable, but contemplate stresses focusing one's thoughts on something but does not imply coming to a conclusion or decision.

contemplate the consequences of refusing

When is weigh a more appropriate choice than study?

Although the words weigh and study have much in common, weigh implies attempting to reach the truth or arrive at a decision by balancing conflicting claims or evidence.

weigh the pros and cons of the case

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The first known use of study was in the 13th century

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“Study.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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