re·​search | \ ri-ˈsərch How to pronounce research (audio) , ˈrē-ˌsərch How to pronounce research (audio) \

Definition of research

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : the collecting of information about a particular subject
3 : careful or diligent search


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

Other Words from research


researchable \ ri-​ˈsər-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce research (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jaime Longoria, manager of research and training for the nonprofit Disinfo Defense League, says Musk’s purchase of Twitter jeopardizes a platform that many experts believe has done a better job of reining in harmful content than its competitors. Barbara Ortutay, ajc, 14 May 2022 The company has always spent heavily on research and development. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 13 May 2022 In July, after years of research and effort, the Rosebud Sioux claimed the remains of nine tribal boys and girls and escorted them home to the vast grasslands of their South Dakota reservation. Jeff Gammage, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2022 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, whose mission is to inspire stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems, was founded in 1984 and is a beacon for environmental education, research, and conservation. Miriam Porter, Forbes, 13 May 2022 With funding comes more research and more progress. Christine N. Metz, Scientific American, 13 May 2022 But in a report to board members, the NRA’s director of research and information acknowledged that the group’s lobbying has created a major obstacle. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Saskia Duyvesteyn, chief adviser for research and development for copper at Rio Tinto, said Kennecott’s smelter produces 99% pure copper that goes to its refinery to be further refined to 99.99% purity. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 As Rivian has ratcheted up spending on manufacturing and research-and-development, its losses have ballooned. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Always driven to figure out how things work, Lynn has worked with GH's Beauty, Textiles and now Home Appliances and Cleaning Lab experts to research, test and report on the latest innovations. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 Homebuyers should research landslide risk, but they are often caught unaware, Tomassian said. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 Some of these providers also have free offerings, so be sure to research the differences in the plans. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Make sure to research thoroughly, find the right angle, stick to the structure, write in a clear voice and add some honesty and urgency. Marcel Sattler, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Be sure to research the company ahead of time and ask questions that show your interest. Tarot Astrologers,, 9 Nov. 2021 Not all varieties have showy hips so be sure to research carefully. Thad Orr, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, Pfizer is soon expected to announce whether its three-shot regimen effectively protects babies and toddlers, after having been directed to research adding another dose to its initial two. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 28 Apr. 2022 Your granddaughter should research the impact of incarceration on families. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of research


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for research


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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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


researched; researching

Kids Definition of research (Entry 2 of 2)

: to search or investigate thoroughly Doctors researched the disease.

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