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 questionsto 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 Artificial creativity is the subject of the second episode of the Sleepwalkers podcast, an ongoing series exploring the implications of AI. Wired, "What Happens When Machines Find Their Creative Muse," 29 Nov. 2019 Global Affairs Associates will host a class exploring the trends, drivers and business case for environmental, social and governance (ESG). Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area," 29 Nov. 2019 The opportunity to put it on streaming took censorship away and gave us the ability to explore creativity without boundaries. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Michael B. Jordan In Talks To Play 'Superman'," 28 Nov. 2019 Williamson explores the similarities of their careers and how telling Greene’s story has become interwoven into his own life and career. Longreads, "Obsession and Release: 10 Years to Write a Longread," 28 Nov. 2019 The films exploring these phenomena are a highlight of the exhibition. K.s-c., The Economist, "The modern world was built in the car’s image," 25 Nov. 2019 There’s truly something everyone can enjoy, whether that’s exploring international dining and a variety of vendors at the European-style Christmas Market or taking part in ice skating and snowless tubing. Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "5 ideas for celebrating the holiday season in Oregon: Gerry Frank’s picks," 24 Nov. 2019 Topics can vary from teens exploring the history of women and Native Americans to early settlers and veterans. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted eighth-grade history detectives discover unmarked African-American graves at Butternut Ridge Cemetery," 22 Nov. 2019 The Goddard Police Department shared a photo on Facebook Sunday, showing a large brown camel, a brown and white donkey, and a black cow exploring a wooded area off the side of a road. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Unlikely Friends! Camel, Cow, and Donkey Discovered Walking Down a Street in Kansas Together," 21 Nov. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Explore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explore. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce explore (audio)

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


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
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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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