explore

verb
ex·​plore | \ik-ˈsplȯr \
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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Microsoft also appears to be exploring integrating the trackpad directly into the circuit board used for the keyboard. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft patent hints at redesigned Surface Pro with a thinner keyboard," 27 Nov. 2018 From there, the artist continued to explore the new medium’s potential and quickly honed his now-signature style. Ariana Marsh, Teen Vogue, "How iPad Artist Jeremy Martin Is Making Waves in the Fashion Industry," 26 Nov. 2018 The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23, but monsoon rains soon filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave," 11 July 2018 The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23, but monsoon rains soon filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, chicagotribune.com, "Hospital: Kids rescued from flooded cave in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water," 11 July 2018 The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23, but monsoon rains soon filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23, but monsoon rains filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape, and pushing them deeper inside in search of a refuge. Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "US Air Force rescue specialist details 'once in a lifetime rescue' in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23, but monsoon rains soon filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "‘Everyone is safe’ after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 10 July 2018 After exploring Australia's Fraser Island tomorrow, the Duke and Duchess are slated to jet to Fiji and Tonga before traveling back to Sydney for the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears Sustainable Sneakers to Watch the Invictus Games in Sydney," 21 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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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 \
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 \
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 \ noun

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