research

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

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, 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

This research suggests that doctors should do genetic workups in puzzling cases of serious infection, Meyts says. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 And while these play a role, research suggests there is a central, underlying theme that gets the psychological combustion started — a disconnect between one’s inner calling, talents or purpose and one’s external circumstances. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 Worse, the latest research suggests that only 27% of American women know how to apply eyeliner in a cohesive, nonthreatening fashion. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Grungy and Unkempt in the U.S.A.," 12 July 2018 For those who were particularly invested in their role, research suggests that rates of caregiver depression may rise, not fall, after caregiving ends. Barry J. Jacobs, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What to do when caregiving finally ends," 6 July 2018 In court papers, the plaintiffs have said that the Census Bureau’s own research suggests that participation by Hispanics and other immigrants would decline if there’s a citizenship question. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "Judge lets challenge to census citizenship query go forward," 3 July 2018 Early research by Danish scientists suggests artificial ovaries might one day be available to young cancer patients unable to naturally conceive. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Artificial ovary may help some cancer patients, but it's far from ready," 2 July 2018 Other research suggests that the nature of the benefit influences attitudes. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 Extensive research suggests that whatever process accelerates protons to such speeds also generates high-energy neutrinos. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both facilities are researching the use of creative arts in the specific treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in returning service members. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Vet Voices' uses theater to come to veterans' aid," 12 July 2018 This tracks with the advice I’ve heard and read while researching this article: Arrive at the airport early and speak with the gate agents ASAP to see if taking advantage of your plane’s closet situation is a possibility. Alison Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "I’m about to fly 1,000 miles with my wedding dress," 10 July 2018 York is researching the current and future of the textile industry. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 July 2018 Charlotte Bonelli, the chief archivist for the committee, while researching the history of its radio division, found the recording of the service at the Library of Congress and commissioned a short documentary on it. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Max Fuchs, G.I. Cantor in Historic Battlefield Service, Is Dead at 96," 4 July 2018 Christine Olsen, the producer of Rabbit-Proof Fence, interviewed both Molly and Daisy while researching the script for the film. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Daisy Kadibil’s Story of Escape Called Attention to the “Stolen Generations” of Aboriginal Australians," 29 June 2018 While researching last-resort options, Strathdee came across research on using phages. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Scientists Are Using a New Weapon to Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria—Viruses," 21 June 2018 The idea for the study came after Tseng was researching the genetics of sudden death and found that the medical literature seemed to have an imprecise definition of sudden cardiac death. Kimberly Veklerov, SFChronicle.com, "Deaths often misclassified as cardiac arrest, UCSF study finds," 18 June 2018 Isabelle's favorite hobby was researching her family's genealogy. courant.com, "Isabelle Hawkes," 28 May 2018

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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 , 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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