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

That is one reason why his team is conducting research after the Raikoke eruption. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A volcano erupting in Russia caused purple sunsets across the globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Do some research and line up the money, Hannon suggests. BostonGlobe.com, "Her guide is as much an explainer of how to become an entrepreneur as it is a pep rally encouraging you to take the risk.," 16 Sep. 2019 But first, private citizen Chuck Winner, until recently the chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, did a little research to hopefully put an end to one aspect of the confusion regarding the Triple Crown winner’s positive test. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! What the CHRB rule book says," 15 Sep. 2019 Becca’s friend told me about it and my parents said yes, without a lot of research. Devorah Heitner, Longreads, "What’s Happening to My Body?," 13 Sep. 2019 Both Saez and Zucman have have conducted research with Thomas Piketty, whose best-selling book put a spotlight on income and wealth disparities. Laura Davison, Fortune, "Richest Americans Would Have Lost Half Their Wealth Under Elizabeth Warren’s Tax Plan," 10 Sep. 2019 Their research is prompting an advisory for Intel that effectively recommends turning off either DDIO or RDMA in untrusted networks. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Weakness in Intel chips lets researchers steal encrypted SSH keystrokes," 10 Sep. 2019 Burns said of the documentary, which took eight years of research and features interviews with more than 100 people, including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘Coal miner’s daughter in Custer, Washington’: Ken Burns documentary explores country music’s roots, reach," 10 Sep. 2019 ABOUT Joseph Pomianowski is a Yale Law School graduate and conducts research at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Wired, "Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Digital Citizens Alliance first researched the issue in 2013, finding that steroids were being sold on YouTube. Washington Post, "Drug dealers are peddling steroids on Facebook and YouTube," 16 Sep. 2019 There is a debate to be had about whether some of the big energy R&D budgets being pushed by Democratic candidates should be allotted to researching new nuclear technologies. Liam Denning And Mark Gongloff, Houston Chronicle, "How old nukes can help Green New Dealers," 13 Sep. 2019 What the city lacked, supporters said, was an organization dedicated to researching, chronicling and sharing those achievements. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio approves funding of first institute to chronicle Mexican-American civil rights," 12 Sep. 2019 Get inspired for your next adventure by researching exotic destinations, perusing swimwear, or pinning dream spots to a Pinterest board. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "This 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Will Help Busy Moms Slow Down," 11 Sep. 2019 Former librarian Charlene dedicates her hours to researching medical journal articles about posthumous sperm collection and virgin births, while confronting her ex-husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) about his involvement. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The twists and turns of ‘Strange but True’ live up to its title until the ending," 5 Sep. 2019 The organization, which has about four hundred members—including the Shakespearean actors Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance, who are honorary trustees—is dedicated to researching the authorship question and evangelizing about de Vere. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, "Justice Stevens’s Dissenting Shakespeare Theory," 29 July 2019 Lindsay soon stumbled on the website for the National Dysautonomic Research Foundation, delighted that an entire organization was dedicated to researching the type of disorder plaguing him and his family. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself," 27 July 2019 Lindsay soon stumbled on the website for the National Dysautonomic Research Foundation, delighted that an entire organization was dedicated to researching the type of disorder plaguing him and his family. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself," 27 July 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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The first known use of research was in 1577

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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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