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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Word Combinations (verb), Word History, Word Builder
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: explores, exploring, explored
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.
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.
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.
investigate, probe
similar words:
delve, pioneer, sift
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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.