ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) , -ˌsplȯ- \

Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of exploring

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explorational \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce exploration (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​ˌsplȯ-​ \ adjective

Examples of exploration in a Sentence

a topic for scholarly exploration the early exploration of the West early explorations of the West
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Recent Examples on the Web This time, however, no new exploration is planned despite Iraq's vast oil reserves, reflecting a shift by some major oil companies towards cleaner energy sources as the planet battles rising greenhouse gas emissions. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Sea ice benefited the Dutch, redirecting the republic's voyages of northern exploration into bowhead whale feeding grounds off Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Because of my American mentality, my connection to the city is one of curiosity and exploration. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 But with his 23rd film, Almodóvar continues to tap the contemplative vein of his last feature, 2019’s superb Pain & Glory, a semiautobiographical exploration of aging and mortality. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 1 Sep. 2021 But, as sea ice rapidly diminishes in extent and duration, the Arctic is losing its sound-attenuating cover of ice, and vessel traffic is increasing as shipping routes open and resource exploration amps up. Marguerite Holloway, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 But this is a little more than that: a quaint exploration of people who become obsessed with things that are out of their control. Carrie Wittmer, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 The name refers not to ethical globe-trotting but to online interaction and identity exploration. New York Times, 28 Aug. 2021 The answer is in the uncertainty, perhaps, in the space left in both books for mystery and exploration. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of exploration

1537, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exploration was in 1537

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“Exploration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploration. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something


ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) \

Kids Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of searching through or into

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