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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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Examples for explored
  • Downtown is best explored on foot, especially now, when fall color shows up in spectacular splashes.
  • Localisms were explored diligently, but the general dialect went virtually unobserved.
  • Electricity has opened up ways of lighting not even yet fully explored.
  • Since that time, a number of scholarly books and essays have explored the murders from different angles.
  • We learn to interrogate arguments and to criticize the work of those who have explored a body of research before us.
  • These are only a few of the issues that should and would be explored in a non-politicized, rational environment.
  • Some papers explored the history of theoretical ideas, whereas others advocated for the use of theory in history.
  • We also explored immigration from the perspective of culture and loss.
  • But if she had, she could have explored where else she could have worked in her chosen field and hopefully even subspecialty.
  • We explored ocean science and neuroscience for the start of what's sure to be an ongoing conversation.
British Dictionary definitions for explored

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 explored

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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explored in Medicine

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

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