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    'Study to'

    Hi, I found this sentence "...study to avoid disagreeable topics".
    The dictionary says "study to" in this case means "try to" or "find the way to" but I wonder there is any difference between them.
    Thank you !

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    Re: 'Study to'

    This is quite an old sense of 'study to' - in Br Eng, at least. The meanings you give are both appropriate - the point is that 'studying to do something' involves focus and mental effort (not necessarily 'studying' though, in the everyday sense). The nearest I can think of is 'Make your mind up to do X, and keep trying'. But as I said, it's uncommon - you'll mainly meet it in old documents. How old was the book you found it in? - and don't be fooled by the latest date of reprinting; in some parts of the world early 20th century 'English Grammars' are still in print (hence, partly, the tendency of English in what is still called - in the publishing world - 'the traditional British Empire' to be conservative [sticking to old 'rules', that is]).

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    Re: 'Study to'

    Thank you, the sentence I found is an example in my English-Vietnamese dictionary. It should say that meaning of 'study' is old and rarely used but I didn't see any notice.
    Thank you again !

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    Re: 'Study to'

    The meaning survives in the adjective studious, which can mean giving attention and care and have nothing to do with learning, etc.
    Studious - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary (meaning 3)

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