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explore

ex·plore

explore

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk splor
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: explored, explores, exploring
definition 1: to travel across or through for the purpose of discovery or investigation.
The scientists explored the forest in hope of sighting certain rare birds.
synonyms:
prowl, reconnoiter
similar words:
pioneer, prospect, search, survey
definition 2: to examine carefully and systematically.
Let us explore this radical idea that changed Western thought.In this lecture, we will explore the factors that brought about World War I.
synonyms:
plumb, probe, study
similar words:
analyze, examine, investigate, research, scan, scrutinize, search out
definition 3: in medicine, to investigate, esp. by surgery, in order to diagnose.
The surgeon will explore the liver for signs of a tumor.
similar words:
dissect, probe
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to investigate or examine something carefully.
synonyms:
investigate, probe
similar words:
delve, pioneer, sift
Word History
Explore is from a Latin word that means "to investigate " or "search out." This Latin word may have originally meant "to make a loud cry," particularly the cry made by hunters to scare an animal out of its hiding place.
Word Builder: explore +
  • explorer:
    a person who explores.