Definition of explore
- explore the relationship between social class and learning ability
- to explore where ethical issues arise
- —R. T. Blackburn
- explore new cuisines
- explore the wound
- explore for oil
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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First Known Use: 1531See Words from the same year
: 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
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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