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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boyd and other advocates argue such electronic communication should only bea supplement to in-person visits, which research has shown help reduce recidivism. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "Proposed limits on e-communication for Florida prisoners raise censorship fears," 20 Nov. 2020 Further research will be needed to help scientists understand who might benefit from psilocybin over other antidepressants. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Active Ingredient in ‘Shrooms’ Shown to Help Treat Depression," 20 Nov. 2020 New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides evidence that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a coronavirus superspreader event. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Sturgis motorcycle rally spread 86 COVID-19 cases to Minnesota, CDC analysis finds," 20 Nov. 2020 The agency said ongoing research will be needed to confirm the benefit. NBC News, "Remdesivir shouldn't be used on hospitalized Covid-19 patients, WHO advises," 20 Nov. 2020 Airbnb’s research found visitors book their Cannon Beach getaway at least two months before their trip. oregonlive, "Architectural styles for design-savvy travelers: Tiny house to floating house vacation rentals," 20 Nov. 2020 New research suggests that winter drownings increase with rising winter temperatures. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Ice Drownings Expected to Rise as Winters Warm," 19 Nov. 2020 While previous research shows these effects can stimulate your brain and increase your cognitive abilities, this is the first study to show the therapy may also reverse aging. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "It Sure Looks Like Humans Have Found a Way to Reverse Aging," 19 Nov. 2020 However, the doctor added, some research suggests that a five-day course of high-dose steroids early on can hasten healing. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "He Finished His First Marathon. Then His Arm Felt Weak.," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once the season closes and winter sets in, the 23-year-old will research new ground and work to secure permission. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "The Story of Leaner, a 197-Inch Wisconsin Archery Buck," 2 Nov. 2020 The council will research and present to ISBE on topics affecting students' success in Illinois. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park and River Forest High School senior named to state board of education advisory council," 31 Oct. 2020 There is a statute of limitations to do that, which lenders can easily research. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Old love letters don’t age so well," 9 Sep. 2020 The Library’s City Archives & Special Collections has teamed up with the Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to host a virtual Zoom series all about how to research them. John Marc Sharpe | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Genealogy research series at the library is all about Catholic in New Orleans," 9 Sep. 2020 There is a statute of limitations to do that, which lenders can easily research. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Old love letters, not so forgotten, may slip into the wrong hands," 8 Sep. 2020 There is a statute of limitations to do that, which lenders can easily research. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Old love letters don’t age well," 8 Sep. 2020 And, importantly, time to research the history of this miraculously sweet and juicy summer delicacy. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "For the Love of Cob, How Should I Grill My Sweet Corn?," 3 Sep. 2020 Other potential items the new team might research include swordfish, beef tenderloin, scallops, eggs and brie. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Impossible Burger maker is hiring more than 100 scientists to develop meatless steak, fish and more," 20 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'research.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about research

Time Traveler for research

Time Traveler

The first known use of research was in 1577

See more words from the same year

Statistics for research

Last Updated

23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Research.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/research. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on research

What made you want to look up research? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!