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research Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun systematic investigation to establish facts
  2. noun a search for knowledge
    enquiry; inquiry.
    • their pottery deserves more research than it has received
  3. verb attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
    • The student researched the history of that word
  4. verb inquire into
    search; explore.
    • the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project
    • He searched for information on his relatives on the web
    • Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness

Re*search" noun
Pref. re- + search: cf OF. recerche, F. recherche.
  1. Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborius or continued search after truth; as, researches of human wisdom.
    The dearest interests of parties have frequently been staked on the results of the researches of antiquaries. Macaulay.
    Syn. -- Investigation; examination; inquiry; scrutiny.
Re*search" transitive verb
Pref. re- + search: cf. OF. recerchier, F. rechercher.
  1. To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.

Webster 1913