ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən, -ˌsplȯ-\

Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of exploring

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explorational \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈrā-​shnəl , -​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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With the Costume Institute’s upcoming exploration of camp, Planet Hollywood just might be ready for its close-up again. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Toast to Planet Hollywood and Its Kitschy, Collectible Merch—In Honor of Koché’s Pre-Fall Show," 11 Dec. 2018 Archigram Archives Neatly bound, colorfully illustrated, and comprehensive in its scope, Archigram: The Book, a new exploration of the influential and imaginative ’60s British architecture collective, ticks all the coffee table boxes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the Archigram architectural collective, profiled in a comprehensive new book, designed for a more radical, and random, future," 26 Nov. 2018 Through her deeply personal work and bold explorations of class and sexuality, the Mexican artist and feminist icon began a dialogue on social issues that was far ahead of her time. Harper's BAZAAR, "Monumental Women: Inside the Push for More Female Statues," 2 Oct. 2018 Here, Hua explains the importance of telling Chinese Americans' stories through her novel's exploration of motherhood and identity in a complicated mix of love and adventure. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Vanessa Hua's ‘A River of Stars’ Asks What You'd Risk to Chase the American Dream," 24 Sep. 2018 One of the popular activities is Beaver Creek's Wine Excursions, two-hour explorations of Beaver Creek Mountain. Discover Magazine, "Why Hiking in Beaver Creek is Perfect for Budding Naturalists," 7 Aug. 2018 Taking the character of Kevin through exploration of grief, shame, depression, and addiction was outstanding. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Furious Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley Didn't Get Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 What ensues is a trippy, gory exploration of a haunted house and Mr. Obayashi’s imaginative mind. New York Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘No Passport Required’ and ‘Drug Lords’," 10 July 2018 He was deeply involved in the exploration of Clinton White House lawyer Vince Foster’s suicide, which Trump suggested in 2016 might have been a murder. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Kavanaugh’s paper trail makes his confirmation harder but ensures he’ll be reliably conservative," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of exploration

1537, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something


ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of searching through or into

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