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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
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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  • The good kind: those who have many interests, and who want to explore before they commit.
  • No one will really know until companies explore and drill.
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  • Using comic books to explore the issues and history of nuclear power.
  • Group exhibition of artists who explore sound as a sculptural form.
  • Now he plans to explore the deepest parts of the ocean as well.
  • For more than four decades, humans have been sending out spacecraft to explore the known planets of the solar system.
  • Always a little slow to adapt, higher education began this year to explore the academic uses of smartphones and tablets.
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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