explore

verb
ex·​plore | \ ik-ˈsplȯr How to pronounce explore (audio) \
explored; exploring

Definition of explore

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Examples of explore in a Sentence

Researchers are exploring how language is acquired by children. The book explores a number of controversial issues. You need to explore your feelings on this subject more carefully. an opportunity to explore different activities The children were encouraged to explore mathematics. I decided to go out and explore the town. They were sent to explore unknown regions of Africa.
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Your team composition changes your options, and with 32 characters (and more likely coming as DLC) there's a lot to explore for those who enjoy lobbing combos and combinations. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Aptaker and Berger confirmed that there will be a lot of time spent exploring Jack's role in the Vietnam War and his relationship with his brother, Nicky. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Season 3 Is Going to Be Totally Different, Showrunners Warn," 9 Aug. 2018 Online searching provides a simple way to explore possibilities, but active networking will increase your odds of getting hired. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "How an early retiree can get hired again," 20 Feb. 2019 School should be a place to explore, learn, and call home. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "8 Parkland Teachers on What They Really Think About Being Armed," 13 Feb. 2019 Come late afternoon, carve out some time to explore two adjacent neighborhoods: Karaköy and Galata. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 After years in development, the sequel should offer even more zany worlds to explore, and a chance to be reunited with your favorite characters. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 While the evidence remains largely preliminary, these individual cases have reached a critical mass, which indicates something is happening that needs to be explored in a more rigorous way. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Venus also looms large for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which recently launched on a historic mission to explore the Sun’s corona. Fox News, "NASA eyes stunning 'cloud city' airship concept to explore Venus," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of explore

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for explore

Latin explorare, from ex- + plorare to cry out

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The first known use of explore was in 1531

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explore

verb

English Language Learners Definition of explore

: 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

verb
ex·​plore | \ ik-ˈsplȯr How to pronounce explore (audio) \
explored; exploring

Kids Definition of explore

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

Other Words from explore

explorer \ ik-​ˈsplȯr-​ər \ noun

explore

transitive verb
ex·​plore | \ ik-ˈsplō(ə)r, -ˈsplȯ(ə)r How to pronounce explore (audio) \
explored; exploring

Medical Definition of explore

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

Other Words from explore

exploration \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) \ noun

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