research

1 of 2

noun

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

research

2 of 2

verb

researched; researching; researches

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
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.
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Noun
An April analysis from research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie found that a 2-percentage point interest rate increase would lead to as much as a 20% spike in the LCOE for renewables. Justin Worland, TIME, 13 May 2024 Plus, expectant women’s experience with toxic preconceptions doesn’t end when their baby bump disappears—research shows that outdated stereotypes continue to follow women well into motherhood and have a tangible impact on their long-term trajectory at work. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for research 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle French recerche, from recercher to go about seeking, from Old French recerchier, from re- + cerchier, sercher to search — more at search

First Known Use

Noun

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of research was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Research.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/research. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

research

1 of 2 noun
1
: careful study and investigation for the purpose of discovering and explaining new knowledge
2
: the collecting of information about a subject

research

2 of 2 verb
1
: to search or investigate thoroughly
research her options
2
: to do research for
research a book
researcher noun

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