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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Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute's spring 2019 exhibition will explore the origins of camp's exuberant aesthetic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Met Gala: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"," 25 Apr. 2019 The Diva Cup gets a bit, as do Thinx, as does the concept of a sort of female, tampon-related, reverse-#MeToo dynamic that’s yet to be explored. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Amy Schumer Gets Extremely Real About Periods in Her New Netflix Special," 20 Mar. 2019 And of course there are visual enhancements to be explored. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Google's Stadia game-streaming service lets you play games anywhere, if your Internet can handle it," 19 Mar. 2019 Plus there’s the question of whether certain types of phone use are worse than others, which has barely been explored, Twenge says. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 Collaborations provide the opportunity to explore ideas and create things that haven’t been done before–or even perhaps give way to change the scope of fashion altogether. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virgil Abloh is King of the Collab, and Likes It That Way," 29 Apr. 2019 Developing content that is pertinent has also taught me to explore the impact of my own wellness on my patients. Dana Corriel, SELF, "The Rise of the Social Media Doctor," 26 Apr. 2019 The dive took place off a coral atoll called St. Joseph in the outer islands of Seychelles on a mission to explore the Indian Ocean. David Keyton, The Seattle Times, "Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape," 13 Apr. 2019 Einstein himself considered the concept of black holes too bizarre to explore further. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How They Got the Black Hole Picture That Changed Science," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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More Definitions for explore

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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