verb ex·plore \ik-ˈsplr\

: to look at (something) in a careful way to learn more about it : to study or analyze (something)

: to talk or think about (something) in a thoughtful and detailed way

: to learn about (something) by trying it


Full Definition of EXPLORE

transitive verb
a :  to investigate, study, or analyze :  look into <explore the relationship between social class and learning ability> —sometimes used with indirect questions <to explore where ethical issues arise — R. T. Blackburn>
b :  to become familiar with by testing or experimenting <explore new cuisines>
:  to travel over (new territory) for adventure or discovery
:  to examine especially for diagnostic purposes <explore the wound>
intransitive verb
:  to make or conduct a systematic search <explore for oil>

Examples of EXPLORE

  1. Researchers are exploring how language is acquired by children.
  2. The book explores a number of controversial issues.
  3. You need to explore your feelings on this subject more carefully.
  4. an opportunity to explore different activities
  5. The children were encouraged to explore mathematics.
  6. I decided to go out and explore the town.
  7. They were sent to explore unknown regions of Africa.

Origin of EXPLORE

Latin explorare, from ex- + plorare to cry out
First Known Use: 1585
EXPLORE Defined for Kids


verb ex·plore \ik-ˈsplr\

Definition of EXPLORE for Kids

:  to search through or into :  study closely <Doctors explored the spread of the disease.>
:  to go into or through for purposes of discovery or adventure <explore a cave>
ex·plor·er \ik-ˈsplr-ər\ noun
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb ex·plore \ik-ˈsplō(ə)r, -ˈspl(ə)r\

Medical Definition of EXPLORE

:  to examine (as by surgery) especially for diagnostic purposes <the abdomen may need to be explored surgically—Donald Caslow>
ex·plo·ra·tion \ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən\ noun


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