explore

verb
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

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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 Having a reduction in workforce is never fun, but one way to help lessen the blow is to first explore options that spread the impact across many. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "Dealing With Unavoidable Layoffs: 15 Ways To Soften The Blow," 13 May 2021 The storytelling balanced the high school drama and dark reality of what happened to the Wilson family to create something that tried to explore new territory. Ew Staff, EW.com, "10 underrated teen shows you shouldn't miss out on," 13 May 2021 These include the idea that travelling to other worlds is inevitable, that the drive to explore is somehow in our genes, and that technological advancement is equivalent to moral progress. Adam Mann, The New Yorker, "Is Mars Ours?," 11 May 2021 Make sure to explore the links above to get a sense of what’s available from each of the new Gigabyte laptops in terms of configurations. Chris Smith, BGR, "Meet the new laptops with Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake H-series chips," 11 May 2021 Major League Baseball has given the Oakland Athletics the green light to explore moving the franchise in the event negotiations with the city for a new ballpark fall through. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Athletics threatening to leave Oakland if city doesn't approve new MLB stadium," 11 May 2021 Though researchers have begun to explore potential impacts of masking on children’s social behaviors, public health experts agree that masks are effective at combating COVID-19 and that current vaccines are safe for the broader public. al, "Hoover parents protest masks at school board meeting," 11 May 2021 Gloria proposed an increase of $24 million in annual police funding, from $568 million to $592 million, which the city’s Independent Budget Analyst says mostly ignores council requests to explore reduced police funding. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego leaders calling for thorough analysis of shifting money, tasks away from Police Department," 10 May 2021 The company also plans to explore new disease areas, including those that affect the heart and lungs. Anissa Gardizy — Boston Globe Reprints, STAT, "Dyno raises $100 million to bring artificial intelligence to gene therapy," 9 May 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Explore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explore. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 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

explore

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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