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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The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23 when monsoon rains filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 The Wild Boars transfixed people in Thailand and elsewhere after a group of team members, ages 11 to 16, went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex with Ekapol, 25, after soccer practice June 23. Matt Blomberg, latimes.com, "There's a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient," 11 July 2018 The school also is exploring options to become more involved with the community, potentially by allowing public access to amenities or through joint events with West Park across 116th street. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "University High School sells land south of 116th Street campus to Carmel developer," 11 July 2018 Alrosa is exploring ways to trace the source of every diamond, potentially creating narratives for all its gems, something that had been reserved for only the largest stones sold at auction. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "A Diamond Giant Plays Up Its Russian Ties to Appeal to Americans," 11 July 2018 The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, chicagotribune.com, "Rescue of remaining 4 boys, coach from flooded Thai cave could take two operations," 9 July 2018 Just Play, a closely held maker of toys for brands like Disney Princess, is also exploring moving production out of China, according to its co-founder Geoffrey Greenberg. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Trump's Trade War Has Its First Victims in the U.S. and China. Here's Who They Are," 9 July 2018 The boys, 11 to 16, and their coach went exploring in the cave after a soccer game June 23. NBC News, "Thai soccer coach apologizes and boys send love to family in letter from cave," 7 July 2018 In 1968 King was exploring the idea of supporting a moderate Republican over Johnson in the presidential election. The Economist, "A different dream," 5 July 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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