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 research and consulting firm analyzed responses from 7,364 business and leisure travelers who rented a vehicle at an airport location from August 2019 through August 2020. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "These are the best (and worst) rental car companies, according to J.D. Power," 14 Oct. 2020 Other research has found an association between ventilation and learning, as well. Veronique Greenwood, Wired, "Schools (and Children) Need a Fresh Air Fix," 14 Oct. 2020 When Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion GPS to conduct research, Simpson knew her husband was working at the DOJ. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Steele dossier back channel Bruce Ohr resigned from DOJ ahead of disciplinary review decision," 14 Oct. 2020 An August study by an Indian-German research team found the airborne transmission of the coronavirus indoors is likely strongly influenced by relative humidity. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Humidity can help ward off coronavirus transmission: Here’s a list of top humidifiers," 14 Oct. 2020 In the months since this research was conducted, guidance around newborns and their birth parents has shifted as public health experts and physicians gleaned a better understanding of how COVID-19 spreads. Popular Science, "COVID-19 doesn’t have to jump from mother to newborn," 13 Oct. 2020 Over the past five years, the cost of turnover due to culture is estimated at $223 billion, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Center for American Progress, a liberal research and advocacy agency. Catherine Lindsay, WSJ, "Health and Safety Move to the Fore of Workplace Issues," 13 Oct. 2020 Turner has done research on seasonal affective disorder, and said light deprivation was thought to be the cause. oregonlive, "What to do when pandemic stress meets seasonal depression caused by lack of light," 13 Oct. 2020 The woman is Gretchen Goldman, research director at the Center for Science and Democracy and a mother of two children. Johanna Goodman, Glamour, "You—Yes, You—Are Glamour’s Women of the Year," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Behavioral data could be repackaged for purposes from marketing to research to political campaigning. Joan Donovan, Scientific American, "Trolling for Truth on Social Media," 12 Oct. 2020 Or drive to a new city, but be sure to research the destination’s COVID-19 restrictions ahead of time. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Fall road trips: 10 tips for planning the perfect car-based getaway," 8 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, as health officials track the spread of the virus, many continue to research its effects on the body. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Half of US states are reporting increased Covid-19 cases and some leaders push new measures," 7 Oct. 2020 Scientists hope that this prize will bring momentum to research that’ll help rid the world of the disease, as one Oxford biologist tweeted. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "The Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to the trio that discovered hepatitis C," 5 Oct. 2020 Her classmates had struggled to research the virus’s spread amidst funding constraints and misinformation, and found ways to do their pandemic response at a distance from one another. Gregory Barber, Wired, "A School Ran a Simulation of the Pandemic—Before the Pandemic," 28 Sep. 2020 There is a necessary division of labor between jurists and scholars, who have greater leisure to research original meaning. John O. Mcginnis And Michael B. Rappaport, WSJ, "Trump’s Judges Will Bring America Together," 24 Sep. 2020 To research the role, Daniels read Comey’s book and listened to the audiobook narrated by the former FBI director himself. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "Jeff Daniels on playing James Comey and the need to take the 2020 election ‘seriously’," 24 Sep. 2020 The Trump administration promised Monday to research potential policy changes to increase offshore oil and gas production in existing deepwater areas of the western Gulf of Mexico where development already occurs. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by National Clean Energy Week: Energy secretary seeks more 'answers' on climate science," 22 Sep. 2020

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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

18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Research.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/research. Accessed 22 Oct. 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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