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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Other Words from research

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

Here’s what the research says about using CBD for pain. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019 With around 33,200 followers, the account has grown from a personal research project to a rare corner of social media that’s about beauty over voyeurism. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“Fashion For Bank Robbers” Is an Insta-Obsession for the Anti-Selfie Set," 17 Apr. 2019 Many things are unknown about this human relative, but with more research, scientists will hopefully uncover more about this chapter in ancient human history. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Might Have Discovered a New Human Ancestor With DNA Analysis," 12 Apr. 2019 Browsing the web for advice on mid-century modern homes is a great place to start when seeking out initial research. Eric Whitmer, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Mid-Century Modern Home," 5 Apr. 2019 All those brands, all that research, all that mental work trying to figure out how everything goes together. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Walmart's New Baby Registry Actually Works," 4 Apr. 2019 For over 10 years, Product of the Year has counted the votes of 40,000 shoppers in a nation-wide shopping survey, powered by research firm Kantar. Rachel Jacoby, Woman's Day, "40,000 People Swear By These 36 Home Products," 8 Feb. 2019 The best antivirus suites right now AV-test is an independent research house from Germany, and the organization continuously tests the major antivirus suites, publishing reports every few months. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Recent antivirus tests are bad news for paid security suites," 30 Jan. 2019 This year has really reminded me the importance of doing our research. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yara Shahidi on the Significance of Her Barbie and How She’s Preparing for the 2020 Election," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To maximize your ability to keep a plant alive, the company also researched the top three hardiest plants that do well with its Watair system. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 This led him to start researching the company and its history. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Nearly 100-year-old bottle of Vernor's found in Detroit home," 5 June 2018 Spiegel began to research the skeletal differences between cisgender men and women, finding marked differences in their bone shapes and densities. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 Regardless of the circumstance, the FBI noted that Bundy was always well-researched and meticulous about the dead body's disposal. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Bundy: Looking Back at the Killing Spree That Landed Him on Death Row," 25 Jan. 2019 Typical is a mainstream neurologist with grants galore who veered into researching a new paradigm. Eric Felten, WSJ, "‘Borrowed Time’ Review: The Long Ramp to the Final Exit," 21 Feb. 2019 The exhibition's online description notes that Pilotto and De Vos researched previous wedding dresses worn by the royal family, and over the course of several fittings with Princess Eugenie, developed the final design. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Is Going on Display at Windsor Castle," 8 Feb. 2019 But when researching the demographics of species nearly 800,000 years ago, scientists have struggled with their complexity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "AI Predicts Humans Have an Ancestor We Don't Even Know About Yet," 17 Jan. 2019 Still, the income tax due on $1 million of wages in 1952 would have been about $870,000, according to Jay Starkman, a certified public accountant in Atlanta who researches tax history. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "How Wealthy Americans Like Jack Benny Avoided Paying a 70% Tax Rate," 18 Jan. 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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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 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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