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 research and case studies are beginning to show promising signs -- a patient in London is believed to be cleared of the infection, according to a study published this March. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "HIV diagnoses in the UK fall to lowest level in nearly 20 years," 5 Sep. 2019 Creating a Chicago research and development facility is a way to ensure their continued growth, Berends said. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "In search of a healthier Slim Jim: Conagra to build new snacking innovation center in Chicago," 4 Sep. 2019 His plan would also invest $250 billion in research and development and include clean energy job training. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Where the 2020 candidates stand on climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 The plan proposes quadrupling federal clean energy research and development funding to $25 billion per year, while also committing nearly $50 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s R&D over the next decade. Priscilla Thompson, NBC News, "Buttigieg becomes latest candidate to roll out plans to combat climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 In 2016 China unveiled the Junweikejiwei, its new military research and development agency modeled after the U.S.’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The Atlantic, "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," 3 Sep. 2019 On Reddit, an active nootropics community shares tips and research, and its members have watched the mainstreaming of their interest with ambivalence and intrigue. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 So naturally, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—more or less the research and development funding arm for the government—sent out these tweets, the good people of the Internet were rightfully suspicious. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Government Needs Your Help Finding Sketchy Underground Tunnels ASAP," 30 Aug. 2019 This is the third environmental initiative from the adult video website’s charitable arm, which has also launched campaigns to plant trees and donated to organizations that focus on honeybee research and preservation. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Pornhub launches environmental campaign targeting the ‘dirtiest beach’," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to case filings, for 49 of the 51 fraud victims, Williams researched their identities on the background site immediately before opening bank accounts in their names. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Online “people finder” sites are a blessing for identity thieves," 20 Aug. 2019 Like most of her plans, it is impressively researched and impossible to summarize in a single paragraph. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves," 19 Aug. 2019 Along with Hirsch, the report was researched and written by several current and former students at UC Santa Cruz. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "Report: Navy altered Hunters Point cleanup to cover, not remove, toxic soil," 14 Aug. 2019 Well, Stanford Professors Ken Shotts and Neil Malhotra have researched human psychology and ethical philosophy to explore how a leader’s individual values inform business decision making. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Are you an ethical leader? Will you do the right thing when it’s crunch time?," 12 Aug. 2019 Other products, such as a lipstick and eye shadow, are still being researched to figure out how to create an effective method to incorporate CBD that will also be practical. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Cannabis Brand Kush Queen Is Launching a Makeup Brand," 8 Aug. 2019 Kostadin Kushlev, an assistant professor of psychology at Georgetown University, has researched the impact of screen time and well being. Jerome Gence, National Geographic, "Asia’s live-streaming industry promises intimacy. So why are users so lonely?," 31 July 2019 Woodward was researching a fringe topic—one way outside Fearn’s normal purview. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 Science fiction writers may be hired to bring to life scenarios the company has already researched (as in the case of Maughan's contract with Arup) or to cook up ideas the company hasn’t even thought of yet. Rose Eveleth, WIRED, "Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?," 12 July 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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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 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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