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 Visit our spectacular Balboa Park Rose Garden and explore your neighborhood. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2021 Board member Gareth Kennedy asked that the district explore moving fifth-grade classes to the middle schools in order to free up space within the elementary schools for full-day kindergarten. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 With travel again on the horizon, readers can get a taste of what awaits them in online resources that explore Cezanne’s Provençal world, his signature subjects there and the truly revolutionary character of his art. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Rybka said the city would explore multiple sources for funding, including tax increment financing from lakefront development projects. Steven Litt, cleveland, 3 June 2021 Buczkowski is also excited to closely explore a series of flattened, circular landforms that barely jut out into the sky and, according to some hypotheses, may be smashed down under the pressure of Venus' thick atmosphere. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 Additional research is needed to explore this possibility and determine why larger pupils are associated with higher fluid intelligence and attention control. Jason S. Tsukahara, Scientific American, 2 June 2021 And since Tuca will explore the possibility of getting involved in a relationship, the series has the potential to introduce new sources of tension between the besties — such as questioning their co-dependence. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Nobody told Ingenuity, which itself was an add-on to the Perseverance rover mission to explore the possibility of ancient life on Mars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 21 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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9 Jun 2021

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