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 Here’s what two experts say about the latest research and the traditional ways to turn good intentions into good habits. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Fitness resolutions kaput? How to get back on track and stay there," 22 Feb. 2020 Kevin Gill, a software engineer at The Jet Propulsion Lab, a NASA research and development center in California, works in data visualization and has dabbled in image processing professionally. Thomas Page, CNN, "The public is helping us see Jupiter like it's never been seen before," 21 Feb. 2020 Various research and polls show that many citizens of EU countries plan to stay in Britain despite Brexit. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "Britain is closing its borders to low-skilled labor. Why economists say this is a bad idea," 21 Feb. 2020 The largest planet in the Solar System, Jupiter has a treasure trove of information for astronomers to research and observe. Fox News, "Water spotted in Jupiter's atmosphere," 21 Feb. 2020 The Dallas City Council in 2018 approved a contract with MUNIRevs to research and identify short-term rentals that should be registered with the city. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "More rules for Airbnb hosts? Dallas will form a task force to explore options," 20 Feb. 2020 The Houston recipient is Addi's Faith Foundation, which is dedicated to ending childhood cancer by funding pediatric cancer research and providing financial assistance to families who are caring for a child with cancer. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Jmblya hip-hop festival returns to Houston at UH," 20 Feb. 2020 Ten billion dollars is an almost unfathomable amount of money in any context, but particularly for climate change research and activism. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "With a $10 Billion Fund, Jeff Bezos Can Control the Planet’s Future," 20 Feb. 2020 The agency in charge of overseeing the development of medicines, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, announced Tuesday that will be providing funding to French drug manufacturer Sanofi to research and develop a vaccine. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Two drug companies partner with US government for coronavirus treatment and vaccine," 18 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Crenshaw spent three years researching the issue and requesting officer training information from the state. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Ohio law enforcement annual training ‘critical’; reimbursements inconsistent, tracking questionable," 16 Feb. 2020 Read Hayes, a criminologist from the University of Florida who researches package theft for the Loss Prevention Research Council, an industry group of retailers, agreed. NBC News, "Cute videos, but little evidence: Police say Amazon Ring isn't much of a crime fighter," 15 Feb. 2020 Dan Goldberg, who researches air pollution at George Washington University, was also surprised by the increase. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Deadly air pollution is blowing into your state from a surprisingly large source," 12 Feb. 2020 According to Tara Smith, a professor who researches infectious diseases at Kent State University's College of Public Health, a hospital — not a ship — is the best place to keep people quarantined. CBS News, "How the coronavirus is impacting cruises and passengers," 11 Feb. 2020 By the early 2000s, the term CTE was in common usage among the then-small community of experts who researched the disease. Will Hobson, Anchorage Daily News, "The selling of CTE: How the ‘Concussion’ doctor has built a career on distorted science," 27 Jan. 2020 As part of his effort to promote urban and regional studies, Peirce formed the Citistates Group, a network of journalists and speakers who also researched his Peirce Reports. BostonGlobe.com, "He had a malignant brain tumor, said his daughter Andrea Peirce.," 31 Dec. 2019 Douglas Mennin, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University who has researched worry, said people with GAD are more fearful of and distressed by negative emotions. Jelena Kecmanovic, Houston Chronicle, "How to combat constant worry and anxiety," 24 Dec. 2019 Scholars who have researched the subject confirm this belief. Bahar Dutt, Quartz India, "Two Indian cities lead the way in transforming concrete jungles into real jungles," 22 Oct. 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

25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Research.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/research. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for research

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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