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 But perhaps the most tantalizing and most mysterious is the bottle, which is being stored with other artifacts for further research. Phil Gast, CNN, "Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits. Really," 25 Jan. 2020 The coalition announced its formation a year ago and since has grown to include more than 300 members who work in health, research, education, legal, policy, real estate, construction, government and nonprofit areas. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "CHN Housing Partners, Environmental Health Watch picked to run Lead Safe Home Fund, Resource Center," 24 Jan. 2020 Hot takes are fun, but backing them up with research and input from the community is better. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Food matters here: Why we’re searching for a new Dallas Restaurant Critic," 24 Jan. 2020 Getting the autonomous bus on the road will require additional research and testing. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Cruise Unveils Origin, a Self-Driving Vehicle with No Steering Wheel or Pedals," 22 Jan. 2020 The study does not claim to have mastered espresso flavors, but rather provides a starting point for more research. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "To get a better cup of coffee, start with fewer beans," 22 Jan. 2020 The Pentagon’s leading research and development agency conducted the first flight of the X-61A drone system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Gremlin Drone's First Flight Turns C-130 Into a Flying Aircraft Carrier," 21 Jan. 2020 When Fanning was nine and cast as a girl with Tourette’s syndrome in Phoebe in Wonderland, she was taken by the director to meet children with the same condition for research. Sophie Heawood, Marie Claire, "All Eyes on Elle Fanning," 16 Jan. 2020 Researchers at Stanford University wrote in a paper published in the journal eLife that human body temperature has decreased since that early research, and doctors likely need to update what is considered normal, TIME reported. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Healthy Body Temperature Has Decreased from 98.6 Degrees Over the Last Century," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jónsson and his team learned the process by researching historic techniques and using trial and error, and the resulting mineral-rich salt is clean, flaky little pyramids that embody the essence of the Nordic region. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "Why This 100% Sustainable Icelandic Sea Salt Based on Historic Production Methods Is Becoming a Chef Favorite," 4 Jan. 2020 In the time since, it was hotly debated, and Holland’s new research helps to settle some parts of that debate while hopefully igniting further interest in researching how and why body cells undergo de novo generation of cilia. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mammalian Cells Are More Mysterious Than We Thought," 30 Dec. 2019 While the current record highs, including ties, number 60 days from the 2010s, just 19 days from the same time period are in the record book for low temperatures, cleveland.com found in researching daily Weather Service data. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Hot decade of 2010s sets or ties 66 Cleveland daily high temperature records," 29 Dec. 2019 But Campbell, an attorney with Blue Dot Law, a Colorado firm specializing in researching and setting up investments in private companies that offer social or environmental benefits, didn’t want to put his money into just any company. Marc Bain, Quartz at Work, "What can we do when supposedly ethical companies break their promises?," 16 Dec. 2019 In the course of researching CARE’s global programs, Iman had discovered Living Blue, an artisan farmers’ collective in the impoverished country of Bangladesh. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Zac Posen and a Team of Bangladeshi Farmers Made Iman’s Dream Gown for CARE’s Impact Awards," 21 Nov. 2019 After researching land patents, experts found that the cabin was once on land owned by a man named John Vaughn, which would date it to the period between 1850 and 1860. Fox News, "Civil War log cabin discovered during house demolition," 20 Nov. 2019 The focus on sustainability continues today, as the company invests millions in researching and promoting cleaner power. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Cummins' most ambitious environmental plan yet targets net-zero emissions by 2050," 15 Nov. 2019 What other unusual stats were unearthed in the course of researching this piece? Michael Lev, azcentral, "What happened to Arizona Wildcats' football season? A closer look at the numbers," 14 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for research

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The first known use of research was in 1577

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Last Updated

28 Jan 2020

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“Research.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/researchable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=resear02. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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