Definition of explore
1 a : 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>
: 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.
Origin and Etymology of explore
Latin explorare, from ex- + plorare to cry out
First Known Use: 1585
EXPLORE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of explore for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of explore for Students
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>
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