explore

[ik-splawr, -splohr]
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:
1575–85; < Latin explōrāre to search out, examine, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + plōrāre to cry out, probably orig. with reference to hunting cries

explorable, adjective
explorability, noun
exploringly, adverb
reexplore, verb, reexplored, reexploring.
unexplorable, adjective
unexplored, adjective


2. probe, study, research, investigate, survey.
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explore (ɪkˈsplɔː)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to examine or investigate, esp systematically
2.  to travel to or into (unfamiliar or unknown regions), esp for organized scientific purposes
3.  (tr) med to examine (an organ or part) for diagnostic purposes
4.  obsolete (tr) to search for or out
 
[C16: from Latin explōrāre, from ex-1 + plōrāre to cry aloud; probably from the shouts of hunters sighting prey]
 
ex'plorer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

explore
1580s, "to investigate, examine," from L. explorare "investigate, search out," said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "set up a loud cry," from ex- "out" + 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 (ĭk-splôr')
v. ex·plored, ex·plor·ing, ex·plores
To examine for diagnostic purposes.

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Example sentences for explores
The novel explores what causes drug abuse and what sustains it in its many forms.
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