research

noun
re·​search | \ ri-ˈsərch, ˈrē-ˌsərch \

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 , 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 included an actual research project from Google critic Robert Epstein, author of a controversial study about whether Google results are politically slanted. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Sundar Pichai had to explain to Congress why Googling ‘idiot’ turns up pictures of Trump," 11 Dec. 2018 Nonetheless, the National Museum of the Great Lakes recently released the results of its research into the shipwreck. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 An international research project from Japan and Australia offers a new potential solution: an ion beam shepherd (IBS), a still-hypothetical contactless approach originally designed for asteroid deflection. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Space Junk Solution Would Clean Up Debris With Ion Beams," 27 Sep. 2018 There are now roughly 600 stores across the country from these online natives, according to Green Street Advisors, a real estate research firm. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores," 12 Dec. 2018 This inspired the staff of The Herald to start their research. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Arkansas High School Newspaper Suspended After Article About Football Player Transfers," 4 Dec. 2018 Seven of the top 10 models manufactured in the US and exported to China in 2017 were made by German automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz, according to data from research firm LMC Automotive. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Trump says China might kill car tariffs, which would boost foreign automakers," 3 Dec. 2018 Every morning, the group gathers on deck to continue their research. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 This list is not exhaustive — don't hesitate to do your own research on ways to help, and remember above all to listen to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Allure, "6 Ways to Support Transgender and Nonbinary People Right Now," 21 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Knowing exactly how much of that increase is related to cannabis is impossible without researching every crime. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think," 4 Jan. 2019 Daryl’s publicist, Harlan Boll, requests that any donations made in Daryl's name be to organizations researching brain diseases and conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Captain and Tennille's Toni Tennille Reflects on 'Captain' Daryl Dragon After His Death," 3 Jan. 2019 The idea first started when Whitehouse and his wife were researching robot vacuums. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "‘Doomba’ turns your Roomba’s cleaning maps into Doom levels," 26 Dec. 2018 This is particularly important when researching animals that are evolutionarily isolated and not known to exist anyplace else on earth. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Place to Find a Snake Is Inside a Different Snake," 21 Dec. 2018 Coppola spent decades visiting, drawing, and researching the tile, terracotta, and faience artworks that give NYC commuters a daily dose of art. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are known for their dazzling and meticulously researched work on films like Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet and a daring 2002 Broadway staging of the opera La Bohème. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Inside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's Elegantly Theatrical New York Townhouse," 5 Nov. 2018 Enter Pierre Stromberg, a Woodinville software manager, who has spent hundreds of hours researching the artifact. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Proof of alien visitors? Artifact from an ancient civilization? The truth is out there — in Seattle," 1 Dec. 2018 Both the United States and the old Soviet Union spent decades researching nuclear rockets, and this new design is a direct descendant of these programs. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Might Actually Build a Nuclear-Powered Rocket," 16 Nov. 2018

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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, 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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