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

If there’s a specific item on this list that particularly freaks you out, feel free to do more research on the best way to protect yourself and your family. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Chain Valley, a $283 million financial technology hub planned in West Hartford, will be home to upwards of 50 companies, along with a research institute and training center, according to the businessman behind the project. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 Artificial intelligence and precision medicine — two fields in which Foxconn is doing research — also could be future areas of collaboration. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn plan to collaborate on developing new technology for health care," 12 July 2018 Istuary joined publicly funded Canadian organizations to do research. Dan Levin, New York Times, "A Tech Guru Captivated Canada. Then He Fled to China.," 10 July 2018 While working on her 2016 autobiography, Rita Coolidge decided to do some research by going through her recordings. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Rita Coolidge, rejuvenated with 'Safe in the Arms of Time'," 6 July 2018 That’s according to All Home Connections, which did the painstaking research of finding each state’s favorite artist on the popular music-streaming service. David Selig, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kodak Black is Florida’s favorite Spotify artist; XXXTentacion is No. 1 in a state you'd never guess," 2 July 2018 To Sharp, the constant media exposure a school with a championship-caliber football program gets might introduce a National Academy of Sciences member to Texas A&M. Maybe that professor does a little more research and then joins the faculty. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 While doing research for the book, Schorow discovered that people from all walks of life visited the Combat Zone. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Five things you didn’t know about Boston’s Combat Zone," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For researching the latest biological science and transforming it into a plan? Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 Significant time was spent researching the flora of each Commonwealth country and much care was taken by Ms. Waight Keller to ensure that every flower is unique... Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Veil Honored Princess Diana in the Most Modern Way," 19 May 2018 Carol Dweck of Stanford University has spent much time researching such effects. Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 2018 Three out of four of them have not spent any time researching other Airstream models. Bloomberg.com, "Airstream Sheds Its Metal With the New ‘Nest’," 12 Apr. 2018 Unsure what to do, Miller researched flag repairs and learned the company that made the flag also fixes them. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek-based Eder Flag repairs treasured American flag damaged in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center has researched school attacks for nearly 20 years. Kolbe Nelson, CBS News, "Secret Service issues "actionable" guide to help identify students who may be a threat," 12 July 2018 This became my go-to browser on many occasions, including when researching this article. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 Van Houten has researched how high-visibility enforcement of traffic rules for drivers affected yielding to pedestrians in Gainesville, Florida. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot: Distracted driving, cell phones seen as factors," 28 June 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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