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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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 Morgan State President David Wilson said bringing a school of osteopathic medicine to campus would allow the university to compete for more research grants. Washington Post, "Morgan State explores bringing a for-profit medical school to campus," 11 Jan. 2020 But while the vehicle was the most popular model in 31 states in 2019, according to car-research site Edmunds, several other models topped the F-series in the other 19 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Ford's F-series remains America's best-selling vehicle, but in 19 states these models were more popular," 11 Jan. 2020 Data from that research helped guide the selection of the Seaport pickup spots: 50 Northern Ave. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "New ride-share pickup zones are installed in Seaport," 11 Jan. 2020 Since 2015, Drummond has overseen the company’s two investment arms, GV and CapitalG, as well as Jigsaw, a political research division. Mark Bergen, Fortune, "Alphabet’s Top Lawyer to Retire Following Questions on Conduct," 10 Jan. 2020 From the Navy to NASA While with the Navy, Reid worked as a design engineer in underwater research, including devising ways to detach limpet mines without causing an explosion. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "In his final term, Pearland’s longtime mayor looks back on career," 10 Jan. 2020 Further research proved Baker, a mammalogist at Queensland University of Technology, right. Amy Gunia, Time, "This Marsupial Was Only Discovered 5 Years Ago. Climate Change and Australia's Bushfires Are Driving It to Extinction," 10 Jan. 2020 New research posits that the huge star, which has a diameter of 600 million miles, was once two stars -- until the larger star ate its smaller companion. Fox News, "Bright star Betelgeuse may have been a 'cannibal,' scientists say," 9 Jan. 2020 Again this time, Tony Hook said, half the proceeds will be donated to the Dairy Innovation Hub, which funds dairy research at the Madison, Platteville and River Falls campuses of the University of Wisconsin. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hook's Cheese Co. will again release a 20-year cheddar, at $209 a pound; last one sold out," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jónsson and his team learned the process by researching historic techniques and using trial and error, and the resulting mineral-rich salt is clean, flaky little pyramids that embody the essence of the Nordic region. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "Why This 100% Sustainable Icelandic Sea Salt Based on Historic Production Methods Is Becoming a Chef Favorite," 4 Jan. 2020 In the time since, it was hotly debated, and Holland’s new research helps to settle some parts of that debate while hopefully igniting further interest in researching how and why body cells undergo de novo generation of cilia. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mammalian Cells Are More Mysterious Than We Thought," 30 Dec. 2019 While the current record highs, including ties, number 60 days from the 2010s, just 19 days from the same time period are in the record book for low temperatures, cleveland.com found in researching daily Weather Service data. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Hot decade of 2010s sets or ties 66 Cleveland daily high temperature records," 29 Dec. 2019 But Campbell, an attorney with Blue Dot Law, a Colorado firm specializing in researching and setting up investments in private companies that offer social or environmental benefits, didn’t want to put his money into just any company. Marc Bain, Quartz at Work, "What can we do when supposedly ethical companies break their promises?," 16 Dec. 2019 In the course of researching CARE’s global programs, Iman had discovered Living Blue, an artisan farmers’ collective in the impoverished country of Bangladesh. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Zac Posen and a Team of Bangladeshi Farmers Made Iman’s Dream Gown for CARE’s Impact Awards," 21 Nov. 2019 After researching land patents, experts found that the cabin was once on land owned by a man named John Vaughn, which would date it to the period between 1850 and 1860. Fox News, "Civil War log cabin discovered during house demolition," 20 Nov. 2019 The focus on sustainability continues today, as the company invests millions in researching and promoting cleaner power. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Cummins' most ambitious environmental plan yet targets net-zero emissions by 2050," 15 Nov. 2019 What other unusual stats were unearthed in the course of researching this piece? Michael Lev, azcentral, "What happened to Arizona Wildcats' football season? A closer look at the numbers," 14 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for research

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The first known use of research was in 1577

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

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“Research.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/research?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=resea01l. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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research

noun
How to pronounce research (audio) How to pronounce research (audio)

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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