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

According to new research released today by LeanIn. Perrie Samotin, Glamour, "Male Bosses Are Ignoring Women Colleagues After #MeToo. This Is a Problem," 17 May 2019 In fact, according to research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, instability usually decreases the amount of force a muscle can produce. SELF, "How to Make Sure Instability Exercises Aren’t Working Against You," 17 May 2019 More companies need to think like that as the prospect of another downturn looms, according to research released Thursday by Bain & Co. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "CFOs Fear a Recession Is Coming. Preparation Will Help Them Stand Out," 16 May 2019 Based on recent scientific research, the SSEF offers radiocarbon age dating of pearls as a new service to our clients in collaboration with the Federal Institute of Technology. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Rare Natural Pearl That Once Belonged to a Spanish Princess Is For Sale," 14 May 2019 As part of the campaign, Burt’s Bees has committed to support the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, which enables impactful biodiversity research and conservation efforts. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Rosario Dawson’s Beauty Routine Includes Masking With a Side of Meditation," 30 Apr. 2019 Other research has shown that white neighborhoods can have about four times as many supermarkets are predominantly black neighborhoods do, and on top of that, the supermarkets in black communities usually have less of a selection. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 Both are major centers for cancer research and treatment, and both are located in the greater Boston area. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The New Frontier of Participatory Cancer Research," 26 Apr. 2019 The Biden family has been heavily involved in cancer research and care initiatives for decades. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset," 25 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Typical is a mainstream neurologist with grants galore who veered into researching a new paradigm. Eric Felten, WSJ, "‘Borrowed Time’ Review: The Long Ramp to the Final Exit," 21 Feb. 2019 The exhibition's online description notes that Pilotto and De Vos researched previous wedding dresses worn by the royal family, and over the course of several fittings with Princess Eugenie, developed the final design. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Is Going on Display at Windsor Castle," 8 Feb. 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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The first known use of research was in 1577

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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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