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explore

[ik-splawr, -splohr] /ɪkˈsplɔr, -ˈsploʊr/
verb (used with object), explored, exploring.
1.
to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discovery:
to explore the island.
2.
to look into closely; scrutinize; examine:
Let us explore the possibilities for improvement.
3.
Surgery. to investigate into, especially mechanically, as with a probe.
4.
Obsolete. to search for; search out.
verb (used without object), explored, exploring.
5.
to engage in exploration.
Origin of explore
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin explōrāre to search out, examine, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + plōrāre to cry out, probably orig. with reference to hunting cries
Related forms
explorable, adjective
explorability, noun
exploringly, adverb
reexplore, verb, reexplored, reexploring.
unexplorable, adjective
unexplored, adjective
Synonyms
2. probe, study, research, investigate, survey.
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  • It was plain that he did not like Peters and she thought he had some grounds for resenting his attempt to explore the country.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • I long to live so that I can explore what is no less than a new world to me.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • The modern pilgrim should not fail, before leaving Ospringe, to explore Water Lane and the country road for half a mile beyond.

    The Dover Road Charles G. Harper
  • Collecting my courage I set about to explore my surroundings.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • explore the bottom of the ocean in the vicinity of the island with my submarine boat.

    Perseverance Island Douglas Frazar
British Dictionary definitions for explore

explore

/ɪkˈsplɔː/
verb
1.
(transitive) to examine or investigate, esp systematically
2.
to travel to or into (unfamiliar or unknown regions), esp for organized scientific purposes
3.
(transitive) (med) to examine (an organ or part) for diagnostic purposes
4.
(transitive) (obsolete) to search for or out
Derived Forms
explorer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin explōrāre, from ex-1 + plōrāre to cry aloud; probably from the shouts of hunters sighting prey
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Word Origin and History for explore
v.

1580s, "to investigate, examine," a back-formation from exploration, or else from Middle French explorer (16c.), from Latin explorare "investigate, search out, examine, explore," said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "set up a loud cry," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plorare "to cry."

But second element also explained as "to make to flow," from pluere "to flow." Meaning "to go to a country or place in quest of discoveries" is first attested 1610s. Related: Explored; exploring.

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explore in Medicine

explore (ĭk-splôr')
v. ex·plored, ex·plor·ing, ex·plores
To examine for diagnostic purposes.

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