research

noun
re·​search | \ ri-ˈsərch How to pronounce research (audio) , ˈrē-ˌsərch How to pronounce research (audio) \

Definition of research

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : careful or diligent search
2 : studious inquiry or examination especially : investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws
3 : the collecting of information about a particular subject

research

verb
researched; researching; researches

Definition of research (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to search or investigate exhaustively research a problem
2 : to do research for research a book

intransitive verb

: to engage in research

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Other Words from research

Verb

researchable \ ri-​ˈsər-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce researchable (audio) , ˈrē-​ˌsər-​ \ adjective
researcher noun

Examples of research in a Sentence

Noun

She conducts research into the causes of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research shows that the disease is caused in part by bad nutrition. The study is an important piece of research. He did a lot of research before buying his car.

Verb

He spent the summer researching his dissertation. Before going out to eat, she researched area restaurants. The reporter made hundreds of telephone calls while researching the story.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The official line is that Mark Dampier, HL’s head of research, believed Mr Woodford would turn things around. The Economist, "The Woodford affair ensnares middle England’s favourite fund supermarket," 15 June 2019 Today, the Smithsonian Institution is a sprawling complex of museums, research centers and libraries with international connections around the globe. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Mr. Smithson’s Family Goes to Washington," 14 June 2019 Hooker has done a lot of research on the LGBTQ history and issues in the last year. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin police squad wrapped in Pride Month rainbow colors serves as backdrop for Naperville couple's wedding photos," 14 June 2019 All the activism comes amid a growing body of economic research showing that raising the minimum wage hasn't meaningfully lowered employment — at least in the tightening labor market of the past several years. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "The minimum wage hasn't gone up in nearly 10 years. That's a new record," 14 June 2019 Overall, the study found fewer examples of mosaicism in some types of tissue than would be expected on the basis of previous research. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "The Human Body Is a Mosaic of Different Genomes," 14 June 2019 Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for driverless cars. Washington Post, "Southwest pulls Boeing 737 Max from its schedule for additional month," 13 June 2019 Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute, a polar research center, is providing the Polarstern and leading the expedition. Anchorage Daily News, "For the biggest Arctic expedition ever, scientists will trap themselves in sea ice," 13 June 2019 Results of some of that research illuminate many of those misperceptions concerning coyotes. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, "Meet the coyote, one of nature’s great tricksters," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Board member Mark Rising also questioned whether the district has researched other schools sites that may have same materials beneath. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "District 204 finds fix for cracking walls, sloping floors at Fischer Middle School," 8 May 2018 First, research the business putting the seminar on by reading reviews online and checking bbb.org to examine the business' complaint history and customer reviews. Veronica Craker, idahostatesman, "House-flipping seminars might come with a twist | Idaho Statesman," 19 Apr. 2018 As part of the project, Jayne endowed a bursary to allow scholars to research the period’s upholstery techniques and recover the furnishings accordingly. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 Duo's Olabode Anise and Rich Smith contributed to research into generating Apple serial numbers for brute-forcing DEP. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Researchers find Apple MDM can be brute-forced to register rogue devices," 27 Sep. 2018 To maximize your ability to keep a plant alive, the company also researched the top three hardiest plants that do well with its Watair system. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 This led him to start researching the company and its history. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Nearly 100-year-old bottle of Vernor's found in Detroit home," 5 June 2018 Spiegel began to research the skeletal differences between cisgender men and women, finding marked differences in their bone shapes and densities. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 Regardless of the circumstance, the FBI noted that Bundy was always well-researched and meticulous about the dead body's disposal. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Bundy: Looking Back at the Killing Spree That Landed Him on Death Row," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of research

Noun

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for research

Noun

Middle French recerche, from recercher to go about seeking, from Old French recerchier, from re- + cerchier, sercher to search — more at search

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research

noun

English Language Learners Definition of research

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something
: the activity of getting information about a subject

research

verb

English Language Learners Definition of research (Entry 2 of 2)

: to study (something) carefully
: to collect information about or for (something)

research

noun
re·​search | \ ri-ˈsərch How to pronounce research (audio) , ˈrē-ˌsərch\

Kids Definition of research

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: careful study and investigation for the purpose of discovering and explaining new knowledge

Other Words from research

researcher noun

research

verb
researched; researching

Kids Definition of research (Entry 2 of 2)

: to search or investigate thoroughly Doctors researched the disease.

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