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

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 The Kaiser poll's findings largely match results in others surveys on the topic, regardless of question wording or polling organization conducting the research. Hannah Fingerhut, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Americans have relatively high confidence in Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 New research from Dorfman and his fellow authors suggests that contrary to earlier beliefs, a minority of SNAP recipients are responsible for this spending pattern. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "Study: Minority of SNAP recipients spend benefits early in the month," 10 July 2018 The research was supported by a grant from Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wearable heart monitor catches undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, JAMA study finds," 10 July 2018 Deaths and injuries spiked for children under 5, and were more prevalent in Southern states, the research shows. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "4-year-old boy finds gun under couch, kills himself with it," 9 July 2018 The most reliable research out there shows that, when used perfectly, fewer than one woman in 100 will get pregnant at some point in the first year of using NuvaRing. Korin Miller, SELF, "Do You Actually Need to Keep Your Vaginal Ring in the Fridge?," 3 July 2018 Some research suggests biscuits and gravy dates as far back as the Revolutionary War, a hearty plate made with simple ingredients that’s quick to prepare and hefty enough to sustain you through the day. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 iconic American foods for Fourth of July and the best places to get them in Phoenix," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This included working inmates and giving them one-on-one feedback on how to improve their stories as well as collaborating with other reporters to research recidivism rates in San Quentin State Prison. Spencer Whitney, SFChronicle.com, "Last Word: From Instagram to ‘Hourgram’," 23 June 2018 Inevitably, her scripts are engaging and smart and well-researched. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Review: Ada and the Engine inspiring, absorbing and heartbreaking," 14 Apr. 2018 As a result, the company will eliminate 140 jobs from the San Francisco Bay area, where the work is based, although a Novartis spokesman noted the company will continue to research tropical diseases, such as malaria. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis is the latest big drug maker to exit antibiotic research," 12 July 2018 The Parkland shooter used a school computer to research how to make a nail bomb before carrying out his attack that killed 17 people, according to new witness statements released Wednesday. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland shooter used a school computer to research bomb making, new documents show," 11 July 2018 Trustee Marc Spacone urged concerned residents to research the salaries of village managers throughout the Chicago area. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Zurich village manager receives extension, including 12-percent salary increase," 3 July 2018 The Prospectors immediately started to research their new playground. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 In a 2012 study, lead author Ed Vessel coupled fMRI scanning to track brain activity with behavioral analysis to research what makes people respond to artwork. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum," 19 June 2018 Facebook pledged $1 million last year to research the effect of social media on youth. Author: William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "Rebel developers are trying to cure our smartphone addiction – with an app," 18 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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