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 An exclusive economic zone is the area beyond a country’s territorial waters where the country claims special rights to explore for and use marine resources. Peter Landers, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The company’s machines helped explore the rubble of the World Trade Center and disarm booby traps in Iraq. Anissa Gardizy, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Those tours usually are led by volunteers from the Wisconsin Speleological Society, which helps maintain the caves — and continues to explore and excavate them — in conjunction with the Manitowoc County Parks and Planning Commission. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 5 Aug. 2022 But going somewhere new gives their pet a new area to explore and play, something that’s especially useful with high-energy breeds. Chris Morris, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 By encouraging employees to explore their interests and expand their skill sets and experience beyond their current functions, leaders can develop, motivate and retain a strong talent pool. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 These are places of physical and emotional liberation where everyone is free to explore and play, and the DJ — Queen Bey — crafts the mood. Mosi Reeves, Rolling Stone, 29 July 2022 Civil War reenactors will be encamped, and guests can explore the camps and speak with soldiers and civilians. Marc Bona, cleveland, 29 July 2022 Justaposition, a play on the word juxtaposition, to explore all sides of people and hopefully show audiences that humans are deeply complex beings. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 July 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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The first known use of explore was in 1531

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8 Aug 2022

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“Explore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explore. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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