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 research (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 Its sales in the first nine months of 2021 ranked 73rd among its domestic peers, while Evergrande was in third place, according to a market report by research firm CricChina. Serena Ng, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Indeed, CoreLogic, a real estate research firm, projects a 2.7% appreciation in the coming 12 months, while Freddie Mac and John Burns Real Estate Consulting forecast 2022 home price growth of 5.3% and 4%, respectively. Fortune, 5 Oct. 2021 An estimate from the Rhodium Group, an independent energy research firm, shows that U.S. annual emissions could be about 1 gigaton lower by 2030 if the package becomes law. Justin Worland, Time, 5 Oct. 2021 The proposal, which the White House says would be funded by boosting the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, will likely consume lawmakers this fall, said Stifel's Brian Gardner in an August 11 research note. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2021 Windows earned a 73% share of the global notebook PC market with 49.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2021, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 Amazon’s Prime Video platform leads the large and competitive Japanese market for premium video streaming, according to a new study from research firm Media Partners Asia. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 Oct. 2021 The central business district in Chicago is at a record 19% vacancy rate, up 5.2% since the pre-pandemic first quarter of 2020, according to real estate research firm CoStar Group. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The flow of capital from Wall Street has slowed to a trickle after a decade in which investors poured over $1.4 trillion into North American oil and gas producers through stock and bond issues and loans, according to the research firm Dealogic. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Replace social media and find other things to fill your time, read a book, go online and research topics of interest, listen to a podcast or a TED talk. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The resolution directed the commission to establish a working group to research and recommend actions for the city to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 18 Sep. 2021 But, unlike these small businesses, Delevingne and Dior had the resources to research the term and properly credit it, Matatas says, which is why this particular use is so frustrating. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Born in Tost, Germany in 1899, Guttmann received a doctorate in medicine in 1924 and went on to research spinal cord injuries and perform neurosurgical procedures, according to Google. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 4 July 2021 By the end of September 2020, the harassment and threats had gotten so bad that one group member began to research the laws that govern cyberbullying in the province and even contacted a local lawyer named Allison Harris. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Additionally, some cities have their own sustainability initiatives in place, and companies should research whether there are benefits to hosting zero-waste events like Austin, Texas, offers. Lauren Weatherly, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 In late 2002, Congress and President George W. Bush created the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, otherwise known as the 9/11 Commission, to research the events of September 11. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2021 That's something Davis needed to research before accepting the position and resigning from DeSales. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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reseal

research

research and development

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“Research.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/research. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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