Essential Meaning of research
1 : careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something cancer/AIDS/drug research medical/scientific/scholarly research See More ExamplesShe conducts research into/on the causes of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research shows/indicates that the disease is caused in part by bad nutrition. The study is an important piece of research. (formal + old-fashioned) We read about Sigmund Freud's researches into the human psyche.
2 : the activity of getting information about a subject He did a lot of research before buying his car.
Full 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
researched; researching; researches
Definition of research (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to search or investigate exhaustively research a problem
2 : to do research for research a book
: to engage in research
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