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 The study adds to a body of research indicating that millions of American families have trouble making ends meet even a decade after the Great Recession and as unemployment has sunk to its lowest level in decades. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "70% of Americans say they are struggling financially," 14 Nov. 2019 Following the months of research, several changes were included in the master agreement. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Jefferson County approves UAB Healthcare Authority takeover of Cooper Green," 13 Nov. 2019 But just because the creature fell off the radar of research doesn’t mean it was ever lost to locals. Melissa Locker, Smithsonian, "Scientists Thought This Fanged, Cat-Sized Deer Was Gone for Good—Now It’s Been Found Again in Vietnam," 12 Nov. 2019 If the results of this research are anything to go by, businesses have to expand beyond the niche to make sustainable alternatives more widely available and affordable. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Most Indians want to do something for the planet but simply can’t afford it," 11 Nov. 2019 That’s the finding of new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, presented today (Nov. 11) at an American Heart Association scientific conference. Time, "Vaping May Be Worse for Heart Health Than Tobacco Cigarettes, New Study Finds," 11 Nov. 2019 Now a new body of research is examining how this anxiety affects rehabilitation and a return to sports. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "Your Fear of Reinjury Could Get You Hurt Again," 11 Nov. 2019 Michael Malarkey contributed research for this article. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Impeachment Agitates Partisan Passions," 10 Nov. 2019 Among them is Xiyue Wang, a Princeton doctoral student who was arrested, in 2016, while doing archival research in Iranian libraries. . Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Hostage Drama in Iran Drags On—Forty Years Later," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The women also researched how to make plastic explosives and car bombs to carry out attacks similar to the Boston Marathon and Oklahoma City bombings, as well as the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, authorities said. Fox News, "NYC women plead guilty to plotting terrorist bombing," 25 Aug. 2019 But Monday was far from the first time the office's daily briefing has included questionable content, said immigration attorney Matthew Hoppock, who writes about the EOIR and has researched the office's morning newsletter. oregonlive.com, "Federal judges received a link to an anti-Semitic blog post. It came from the Justice Department.," 23 Aug. 2019 With her bold approach and unique selection of eye-popping colors, Butler manifested, researched, and created her own beauty products by hand, ultimately making her way to primetime TV on ABC’s Shark Tank. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "Meet Melissa Butler ‘Shark Tank’ Reject-Turned Beauty Entrepreneur," 15 Aug. 2019 Administrators and engineers would do well to devote as much time as necessary to research the vulnerabilities to ensure they aren’t exploited the way WannaCry and NotPetya were two years ago. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Four wormable bugs in newer versions of Windows need your attention now," 13 Aug. 2019 Taylor Dupont, policy adviser for county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, said her office will research grant opportunities and assistance from I Love a Clean San Diego. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "County staff share guidelines for cleaning creek," 25 July 2019 When asked about Granderson during rookie minicamp in May, Saints coach Sean Payton said the team researched Granderson's situation before signing him. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Saints Rookie Sentenced to Six Months in Jail on Sexual Assault Charges," 11 July 2019 Before deciding on a replacement, Hentschel urges folks to research hearty plants that can sustain below-zero temperatures in the winter and have a growing zone rated for Northern Illinois. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Polar vortex blamed for browning boxwoods and other trees, shrubs," 9 June 2019 My attempts to research the subject only produce more fear. Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of research was in 1577

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research

noun
How to pronounce research (audio) How to pronounce research (audio)

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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