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 The newspaper reports that the company hired an opposition research firm called Definers Public Affairs which engaged in campaigns against Facebook critics. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Facebook Fast Facts," 2 May 2021 Klossner also worked at UNT as a graduate research assistant in the biology department -- from 2012 to the end of January 2020, a university spokeswoman said. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Free speech or crime? North Texas man accused of threatening Nancy Pelosi heads to trial," 1 May 2021 In addition to his research responsibilities, Adams attends every practice and is part of the decision-making team on game days from his perch in the press box. BostonGlobe.com, "Ernie Adams, Bill Belichick’s right-hand man, has worked his final draft for the Patriots," 1 May 2021 And as Friedhoff's research confirms, that number -- 24% -- is shrinking, and will continue to do so over time. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, "The risks unvaccinated Americans are weighing," 1 May 2021 Past tournament participation has enabled these Carroll County Lions Clubs to donate $125,000 to Lions vision research programs, the American Diabetes Association and Lions hearing programs. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County Golf Outings | May 1-2, 2021," 1 May 2021 Melnyk is currently finishing a research paper looking at nurses’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Nurses’ mental, physical health is tied to the number of medical mistakes they make, Ohio State University study suggests," 1 May 2021 The high school class was in the middle of a discussion on climate change after students had submitted short research papers Wednesday when Zlotkin made the remarks. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "New Jersey teacher suspended after calling George Floyd a ‘criminal’ in rant directed at students," 1 May 2021 So what happens when research organizations decide it’s time to move traditional polls online? Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "What Happens When Opinion Polls Move Online," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There will be a few differences among states, so be sure to research the details. Marc Saltzman, USA Today, "Old iPhones, PCs and printers: How to recycle or dump e-waste," 2 May 2021 Knocked out, Alina again dreams of the stag and later visits the library to research it. Nick Schager, EW.com, "Shadow and Bone binge-watch recap: Episodes 1-8," 23 Apr. 2021 Because doctors didn’t know how to treat the new disease, people with AIDS needed to research their own symptoms and, sometimes, plot their own course of care. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, "The King of AIDS Treatments Is Turning to COVID-19," 23 Apr. 2021 The purpose of the challenge is to better understand urban wildlife and biodiversity by using citizen science to research the plants and animals that live there. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "15 virtual events and outdoor activities you can do to celebrate Earth Day this year," 21 Apr. 2021 Dickerson said Pinsky is hostile to research that runs counter to his claims. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, "‘Dr. Drew’ eyed for homeless commission, angering advocates who wonder: Is this a joke?," 17 Apr. 2021 This led her to further research the life of her grandfather and of Aéropostale. Miquel Ros, CNN, "Aeropostale: The hero pilots who connected the world by airmail," 14 Apr. 2021 In January, the council decided to form a committee to research the history of the current logo, explore new options and form a focus group. al, "California city nicknamed ‘Old Hangtown’ removes noose from logo," 14 Apr. 2021 Many flowers and trees create gorgeous, colorful blooms in the springtime, but make sure to research online, read books about gardening or speak to a local garden expert about what plants will do best in your climate. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, "What do you need for a spring garden?," 11 Apr. 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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4 May 2021

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“Research.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/research. Accessed 10 May. 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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