verb ex·plore \ ik-ˈsplȯr \
Updated on: 25 Dec 2017

Definition of explore

explored; exploring
transitive verb
1 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
2 : to travel over (new territory) for adventure or discovery
3 : to examine especially for diagnostic purposes
  • explore the wound
intransitive verb
: to make or conduct a systematic search
  • explore for oil

Examples of explore in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of explore

Latin explorare, from ex- + plorare to cry out

explore Synonyms

delve (into), dig (into), examine, inquire (into), investigate, look (into), probe, research, check into, check up on
Related Words
inspect, sift, study, view; browse, cruise, peruse, scan, skim (through), surf, thumb (through); coinvestigate, reinvestigate

EXPLORE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of explore for English Language Learners

  • : 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

EXPLORE Defined for Kids


verb ex·plore \ ik-ˈsplȯr \

Definition of explore for Students

explored; exploring
1 : to search through or into : study closely
  • Doctors explored the spread of the disease.
2 : to go into or through for purposes of discovery or adventure
  • explore a cave


\ik-ˈsplȯr-ər\ noun

Medical Dictionary


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

medical Definition of explore

explored; exploring
: to examine (as by surgery) especially for diagnostic purposes
  • the abdomen may need to be explored surgically
  • —Donald Caslow


play \ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

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