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

The contradicting research refuses to yield concrete answers and the data are harder to untangle than a thousand earbuds. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 In research published today in Science Advances, a group of Australian researchers led by RMIT University professor Scarlett R. Howard presented the bees with a series of problems. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Bees Are the Math Whizzes of the Insect Kingdom," 6 Feb. 2019 Tencent began rolling out titles in this category last year to try to appease critics who lambasted its games for inappropriate content, said Chenyu Cui, a senior research analyst at IHS Markit. Shan Li, WSJ, "Tencent Wins Approval For Two Titles After Gaming Freeze in China," 24 Jan. 2019 In a previous study, the research team found that many children try to use physical force during their first two years of life, by hitting, biting or kicking others. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Aggression in Boys Is a Family Matter," 24 Jan. 2019 Almost half also support a carbon tax, and more than half support that tax if the money went to an environmental cause or renewable energy research. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "More People Than Ever Accept Climate Change Is a Threat to Them Personally," 23 Jan. 2019 Some research has indicated that antipsychotics can indeed contribute to birth defects, according to the NIMH. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 So, in both research and in my clinical experience: No, drinking meals versus eating them does not lead to weight loss. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 Fraxel Lasers like the Fraxel Restore Dual remain workhorses for ravaged skin, but new research is proving that these old tools are capable of new tricks. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The committee has been researching the issue for the last semester after concerns mounted last year over the former college president’s racist and anti-Semitic views. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Bryn Mawr College panel: Keep ex-president's name on library, but don't call it that," 3 May 2018 Knowing exactly how much of that increase is related to cannabis is impossible without researching every crime. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think," 4 Jan. 2019 Daryl’s publicist, Harlan Boll, requests that any donations made in Daryl's name be to organizations researching brain diseases and conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Captain and Tennille's Toni Tennille Reflects on 'Captain' Daryl Dragon After His Death," 3 Jan. 2019 The idea first started when Whitehouse and his wife were researching robot vacuums. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "‘Doomba’ turns your Roomba’s cleaning maps into Doom levels," 26 Dec. 2018 This is particularly important when researching animals that are evolutionarily isolated and not known to exist anyplace else on earth. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Place to Find a Snake Is Inside a Different Snake," 21 Dec. 2018 Coppola spent decades visiting, drawing, and researching the tile, terracotta, and faience artworks that give NYC commuters a daily dose of art. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are known for their dazzling and meticulously researched work on films like Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet and a daring 2002 Broadway staging of the opera La Bohème. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Inside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's Elegantly Theatrical New York Townhouse," 5 Nov. 2018 Enter Pierre Stromberg, a Woodinville software manager, who has spent hundreds of hours researching the artifact. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Proof of alien visitors? Artifact from an ancient civilization? The truth is out there — in Seattle," 1 Dec. 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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