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research

noun re·search \ ri-ˈsərch , ˈrē-ˌsərch \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of research

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

Examples of research in a Sentence

  1. She conducts research into the causes of Alzheimer's disease.

  2. Recent research shows that the disease is caused in part by bad nutrition.

  3. The study is an important piece of research.

  4. He did a lot of research before buying his car.

Recent Examples of research from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of research

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

verb

Definition of research

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

researchable

play \ri-ˈsər-chə-bəl, ˈrē-ˌsər-\ adjective

researcher

noun

Examples of research in a Sentence

  1. He spent the summer researching his dissertation.

  2. Before going out to eat, she researched area restaurants.

  3. The reporter made hundreds of telephone calls while researching the story.

Recent Examples of research from the Web

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First Known Use of research

1588

research Synonyms

Synonyms
delve (into), dig (into), examine, inquire (into), investigate, look (into), probe, explore
Related Words
inspect, sift, study, view; browse, cruise, peruse, scan, skim (through), surf, thumb (through); coinvestigate, reinvestigate


RESEARCH Defined for English Language Learners

research

noun

Definition of research for English Language Learners

  • : careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something

  • : the activity of getting information about a subject


research

verb

Definition of research for English Language Learners

  • : to study (something) carefully

  • : to collect information about or for (something)


RESEARCH Defined for Kids

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research

noun re·search \ ri-ˈsərch , ˈrē-ˌsərch \

Definition of research for Students

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

researcher

noun

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research

verb

Definition of research for Students

researched; researching
: to search or investigate thoroughly
  • Doctors researched the disease.


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