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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Kassabova, who left Bulgaria as a teen after the collapse of the Soviet Union, returned to her homeland 20 years later to explore the layered communities along its borders with Greece and Turkey. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2022 The national mood has shifted in the two years since George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police, a time when many Democratic lawmakers promised to explore alternatives to policing or reduce departments’ funding in local budgets. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, 18 June 2022 The idea was to explore and cultivate the beauty and botanical benefits of this signature bloom. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 June 2022 One option for the water authority right now is to explore a deal within the 2026 negotiations that could bring down the cost of water. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 One goal in the plan is to explore the feasibility of east-west street connections to the Mountain View Corridor, Bangerter Highway, Utah 111 (also known as the Bacchus Highway), Interstate 80, I-215, I-15 and other high-speed roadways. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 While the name of the organization will be the Granby/Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, one of Juarez’s first tasks will be to explore, with a marketing committee, a new name and brand for the new chamber. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 20 May 2022 Details here from Grist’s Emily Pontecorvo, who writes that these local governments are some of the first to seriously explore removing carbon from the atmosphere (while also moving aggressively to cut emissions). Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 To visit the show is to explore his darkly romantic world, teeming with nymphs, crustaceans, and Macbeth skulls. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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21 Jun 2022

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“Explore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explore. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for explore


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


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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