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 But perhaps the most tantalizing and most mysterious is the bottle, which is being stored with other artifacts for further research. Phil Gast, CNN, "Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits. Really," 25 Jan. 2020 The coalition announced its formation a year ago and since has grown to include more than 300 members who work in health, research, education, legal, policy, real estate, construction, government and nonprofit areas. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "CHN Housing Partners, Environmental Health Watch picked to run Lead Safe Home Fund, Resource Center," 24 Jan. 2020 Hot takes are fun, but backing them up with research and input from the community is better. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Food matters here: Why we’re searching for a new Dallas Restaurant Critic," 24 Jan. 2020 Getting the autonomous bus on the road will require additional research and testing. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Cruise Unveils Origin, a Self-Driving Vehicle with No Steering Wheel or Pedals," 22 Jan. 2020 The study does not claim to have mastered espresso flavors, but rather provides a starting point for more research. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "To get a better cup of coffee, start with fewer beans," 22 Jan. 2020 The Pentagon’s leading research and development agency conducted the first flight of the X-61A drone system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Gremlin Drone's First Flight Turns C-130 Into a Flying Aircraft Carrier," 21 Jan. 2020 When Fanning was nine and cast as a girl with Tourette’s syndrome in Phoebe in Wonderland, she was taken by the director to meet children with the same condition for research. Sophie Heawood, Marie Claire, "All Eyes on Elle Fanning," 16 Jan. 2020 Researchers at Stanford University wrote in a paper published in the journal eLife that human body temperature has decreased since that early research, and doctors likely need to update what is considered normal, TIME reported. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Healthy Body Temperature Has Decreased from 98.6 Degrees Over the Last Century," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lead author Steven Corsello practices oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and researches new cancer drug development at the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Old Drug, New Tricks: Existing Medicines Show Promise in Fighting Cancer," 20 Jan. 2020 In Los Angeles, however, in Culver City, 40 pet deaths from coyotes were verified in six months, and a National Park study that researched 3,000 specimens of coyote scat found that 20 percent of their diet was made up of cats. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Mystery track in SF Presidio sets off lion alarm," 29 Dec. 2019 ClearRoads, a national consortium that researches and promotes winter road maintenance solutions, tracks how much road salt state governments use every year. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, "Heavy road salt use in winter is a growing problem, scientists say," 24 Dec. 2019 Those rates are similar to wages paid to inmates in federal prisons, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit organization that researches and advocates against mass incarceration. USA Today, "Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US," 20 Dec. 2019 Bogaard, who researched SCAN for her Ph.D. project, attended a training workshop led by Sapir in Ghent, Belgium, in 2010. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, "Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool?," 8 Dec. 2019 Lori Post is a demographer who researches violent crime at the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Fox News, "Chicago police have seized more than 10,000 guns in 2019 – one every 48 minutes," 26 Nov. 2019 Generally not, says LaRue, executive director of the Cougar Network, a group that researches the North American big cats. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "How can cute things be so destructive?," 21 Nov. 2019 After 16 months of writing and researching at night — and taking one-third of the photos himself — that thought became a reality. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Black Built' celebrates the works of African American architects from around the country," 21 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

28 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=resear01. Accessed 29 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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