ex·​plo·​ra·​tion ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio)
: the act or an instance of exploring
ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shnəl How to pronounce exploration (audio)

Example Sentences

a topic for scholarly exploration the early exploration of the West early explorations of the West
Recent Examples on the Web Set about a generation after the conflict in the first film, the Pandora of the theme park is a postwar planet on the road to rehabilitation, emphasizing themes of conservation and exploration. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 Kennedy described the exploration process, for which the club has engaged the services of both Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, as being in its early days. Michael Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 As of 2016, there were 50 bustling businesses flanking Main Street compared to just five in 2006, as well as a plethora of exploration options for fans wishing to seek out filming spots. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 17 Nov. 2022 For the competition, 10 mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students will design and program a rocket that may soar up to an altitude of 6,000 feet and then land successfully, simulating potential exploration rockets on Mars. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 These two successes are huge steps in enabling human access and exploration. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022 Eastern time, the rocket thundered through the sky above the Florida Space Coast, as hordes of onlookers cheered an ambitious mission the agency hopes will become a new chapter in the history of human exploration. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 Some aspects of Knowles’ home, like her Japanese soaking tub, have fostered imagination and creative exploration for her projects. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 16 Nov. 2022 That future will be shaped by motivations – from security to exploration – that have already defined much of human experience on Earth, experts say. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 27 Nov. 2022.

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ex·​plo·​ra·​tion ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio)
: the act or an instance of exploring

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