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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Last summer, a mammoth tusk hunter exploring the shores of the Tirekhtyak River in Siberia’s Yakutia region unearthed the fully intact head of a prehistoric wolf. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Perfectly Preserved 32,000-Year-Old Wolf Head Was Found in Siberian Permafrost," 15 June 2019 Participants will explore the world of martial arts in classes that are especially designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners ages 3 to 5. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 12 June 2019 In the afternoon, explore the picturesque Kiyomizudera temple, perched on a hilltop near a sacred waterfall. National Geographic, "Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times," 12 June 2019 Hannah Brown and Mike explore Scotland together in this week's episode Hannah Brown can’t stop smiling. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown Admits She's Smitten with Mike: 'He's Very Handsome'," 11 June 2019 After dealing with the Nets to add Allen Crabbe’s salary and acquire two first-round picks, Atlanta owns a league-high six selections in this draft, and is exploring all its options. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Mock Draft 9.0: Projecting All 60 Picks As Trade Talk Heats Up," 11 June 2019 Start by exploring Bentonville, home to Walmart, the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and hundreds of miles of the best mountain biking between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 Despite the way the film represented this turn of events, the comics hold so much more story to be explored. Sydney Bucksbaum, refinery29.com, "Dark Phoenix," 8 June 2019 La Villa Hispana’s people, business developments and cultural events are being explored through various embedded reporting projects in the 12-week series. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "FreshWater Cleveland’s La Villa Hispana ‘On the Ground’ series: Local arts, new businesses, more," 7 June 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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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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