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[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 from the web for exploring
  • He took out a patent on the idea and started exploring uses for his invention.
  • As a researcher, her career moves were guided by her interest in the scientific questions she was exploring.
  • The monster proliferation can be explained, in part, by exploring the meaning of monsters.
  • But ventures around the country are seriously exploring new business strategies.
  • They kick him forward, give him fresh juice to keep exploring possibilities, buying and doing and buying and doing.
  • The trip has taken so long because exploring the inner solar system is a tricky business.
  • The big aircraft-engine makers are exploring new ideas for jet engines.
  • Some researchers are exploring whether such treatments could be done without destroying embryos.
  • The favoured tools for exploring seemingly odd behaviours are called public-goods experiments and ultimatum games.
  • Some companies are already exploring other methods of charging advertisers for consumers' actions.
British Dictionary definitions for exploring

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 exploring

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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exploring in Medicine

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

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