study-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: ponder, consider, observe carefully

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] STUDY NP2[count]
NOTE: NP2 always a direct object, not a PP

The hunter studied the animal tracks in the snow.
Physicists have been studying this problem for decades.
Study the dancer's hands as she moves into the arabesque.
He has been studying the movement of oil prices for six months.
The professor studied the exam carefully for signs of cheating.

VerbNet: assessment-34.1,discover-84-1-1,learn-14-1
FrameNet: Scrutiny
PropBank: study.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 6

Sense Number 2: learn, assimilate a body of knowledge

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] STUDY NP2[concrete] NP1[agent] STUDY Prep(usually 'for') NP2[goal]

I just started studying Russian.
John must study for his exam tomorrow.
They won't study anatomy next semester.
Mary studied finance in college.

VerbNet: learn-14-1
FrameNet: Studying,Education_teaching
PropBank: study.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4, 5