noun re·search \ri-ˈsərch, ˈrē-ˌ\

: careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something

: the activity of getting information about a subject

Full Definition of RESEARCH

:  careful or diligent search
:  studious inquiry or examination; especially :  investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws
:  the collecting of information about a particular subject

Examples of RESEARCH

  1. She conducts research into the causes of Alzheimer's disease.
  2. Recent research shows that the disease is caused in part by bad nutrition.
  3. The study is an important piece of research.
  4. He did a lot of research before buying his car.

Origin of RESEARCH

Middle French recerche, from recercher to go about seeking, from Old French recerchier, from re- + cerchier, sercher to search — more at search
First Known Use: 1577



: to study (something) carefully

: to collect information about or for (something)

Full Definition of RESEARCH

transitive verb
:  to search or investigate exhaustively <research a problem>
:  to do research for <research a book>
intransitive verb
:  to engage in research
re·search·able \ri-ˈsər-chə-bəl, ˈrē-ˌ\ adjective
re·search·er noun

Examples of RESEARCH

  1. He spent the summer researching his dissertation.
  2. Before going out to eat, she researched area restaurants.
  3. The reporter made hundreds of telephone calls while researching the story.

First Known Use of RESEARCH



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