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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Recent Examples on the Web Individual paint jobs are always on the table and the sports car maker encourages customers to explore all options as part of its Exclusive Customer Consultation programs. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Silver or White? No way. More drivers are demanding customization," 3 Apr. 2021 South Shore has drafted a five-year strategic plan and does not expect to explore merger options again during that time, Smith added. BostonGlobe.com, "After exploring merger options, South Shore Health will stay independent," 31 Mar. 2021 After returning to school rather than explore his NFL options, defensive back Marco Wilson enters pro day a mystery, with much to prove. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF Pro Day a chance for many Gators to raise NFL Draft stock," 30 Mar. 2021 Though Spurs general manager Brian Wright will continue to explore options leading to Thursday’s deadline, the feeling in NBA circles is that Aldridge most likely is ticketed for the free-agent buyout market that opens Friday. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antionio Spurs' push to deal LaMarcus Aldridge down to 11th hour," 24 Mar. 2021 The decision, his mother, India, said, doesn’t mean Franklin is set on leaving IU, but was made to allow him the chance to explore his options. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU men's basketball guard Armaan Franklin enters transfer portal, may return to Hoosiers," 23 Mar. 2021 The trade was consummated in January, after Stafford asked the Lions to explore trade options following a third consecutive losing season, but could not be processed until the 2021 league year began at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "End of an era: Detroit Lions make Matthew Stafford trade to Los Angeles Rams official," 18 Mar. 2021 In response, the village decided to reverse its plan, keep all five stations open and revisit the data to explore other options. Kaitlin Edquist, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview Village Board reverses decision to close fire station following rally, community dissent," 10 Mar. 2021 Most opt-outs are scheduled for the end of spring training, so players on minor league deals who aren’t expected to make the club can explore other options. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ Jimmy Nelson (remember him?) gets another shot at rebounding from surgery," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Explore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explore. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 explore (audio) \ noun

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