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[ri-surch, ree-surch] /rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri sɜrtʃ/
diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.:
recent research in medicine.
a particular instance or piece of research.
verb (used without object)
to make researches; investigate carefully.
verb (used with object)
to make an extensive investigation into:
to research a matter thoroughly.
Origin of research
1570-80; (v.) < Middle French recercher to seek, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + cercher to search; (noun) < Middle French recerche
Related forms
researchable, adjective
researcher, researchist, noun
proresearch, adjective
underresearch, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
re-search, research.
1. scrutiny, study. See investigation. 4. study, inquire, examine, scrutinize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for researcher
  • They controlled who got the money and any researcher wanting to do physical research was turned down.
  • Then find out how you can play field researcher on one of our ten volunteer research vacations.
  • For each, we've chosen a researcher or research team whose work and vision is driving the field.
  • The irony is, of course, that it was not the researcher who was trapped in an inefficient past but the managers.
  • Currently he is an independent researcher, writer and consultant.
  • Information technology is central to the skill of an operational researcher.
  • Navy researcher links toxins in war-zone dust to ailments.
  • Then watch as the researcher shows a collection of specimens and artifacts under microscopes and on monitors.
  • But the other is really the opposite, as when a senior researcher and his or her junior collaborator are near neighbors.
  • Dutch researcher designs distinct characters into.
British Dictionary definitions for researcher


/rɪˈsɜːtʃ; ˈriːsɜːtʃ/
systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or to collect information on a subject
to carry out investigations into (a subject, problem, etc)
Derived Forms
researchable, adjective
researcher, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French recercher to seek, search again, from re- + cercher to search
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Word Origin and History for researcher



1570s, "act of searching closely," from Middle French recerche (1530s, Modern French recherche), back-formation from Old French recercher (see research (v.)). Meaning "scientific inquiry" is first attested 1630s. Phrase research and development is recorded from 1923.


1590s, from Middle French recercher, from Old French recercher "seek out, search closely," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + cercher "to seek for" (see search (v.)). Related: Researched; researching.

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