explore

[[t]ɪksplɔ͟ː(r)[/t]]
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explores, exploring, explored
1) VERB If you explore a place, you travel around it to find out what it is like.

[V n] I just wanted to explore Paris, read Sartre, listen to Sidney Bechet...

[V n] After exploring the old part of town there is a guided tour of the cathedral...

We've come to this country, let's explore!

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exploration [[t]e̱kspləre͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] plural N-VAR

We devote several days to the exploration of the magnificent Maya sites of Copan...

We set out on this voyage of exploration with an open mind.

2) VERB If you explore an idea or suggestion, you think about it or comment on it in detail, in order to assess it carefully.

[V n] The secretary is expected to explore ideas for post-war reconstruction of the area...

[V n] The film is eloquent as it explores the relationship between artist and instrument.

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exploration N-VAR

I looked forward to the exploration of their theories.

3) VERB If people explore an area for a substance such as oil or minerals, they study the area and do tests on the land to see whether they can find it.

[V for n] Central to the operation is a mile-deep well, dug originally to explore for oil...

[be V-ed for n] The government is allowing the areas of inshore coastal waters to be explored for oil and gas. [Also V n for n]

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exploration N-UNCOUNT

Oryx is a Dallas-based oil and gas exploration and production concern.

4) VERB If you explore something with your hands or fingers, you touch it to find out what it feels like.

[V n] He explored the wound with his finger, trying to establish its extent.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Explore — Ex*plore , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Explored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exploring}.] [L. explorare to explore; ex out+plorare to cry out aloud,prob. orig., to cause to flow; perh. akin to E. flow: cf. F. explorer.] 1. To seek for or after; to strive to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exploré — exploré, ée (èk splo ré, rée) part. passé. La Nouvelle Hollande encore peu explorée par les voyageurs.    Fig. Sujet déjà exploré …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • explore — 1580s, to investigate, examine, a back formation from EXPLORATION (Cf. exploration), or else from M.Fr. explorer (16c.), from L. explorare investigate, search out, examine, explore, said to be originally a hunters term meaning set up a loud cry,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • explore — [ek splôr′, iksplôr′] vt. explored, exploring [L explorare, to search out < ex , out + plorare, to cry out, wail] 1. to look into closely; examine carefully; investigate 2. to travel in (a region previously unknown or little known) in order to …   English World dictionary

  • explore — index analyze, canvass, check (inspect), delve, examine (study), find (discover) …   Law dictionary

  • exploré — ⇒EXPLORÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de explorer. II. Emploi adj. A. [En parlant d un pays, d un domaine géogr.] Qui a fait l objet d une reconnaissance et/ou d une description. Anton. inexploré. M. Fontanier (...) nous donne… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • explore — [v] investigate; survey analyze, burrow, delve into, dig into, examine, go into*, have a look*, hunt, inquire into, inspect, leave no stone unturned*, look into, probe, prospect, question, reconnoitre, research, scout, scrutinize, search, seek,… …   New thesaurus

  • explore — ► VERB 1) travel through (an unfamiliar area) in order to learn about it. 2) inquire into or discuss in detail. 3) evaluate (a new option or possibility). 4) examine or scrutinize by searching through or touching. DERIVATIVES exploration noun… …   English terms dictionary

  • explore */*/*/ — UK [ɪkˈsplɔː(r)] / US [ɪkˈsplɔr] verb Word forms explore : present tense I/you/we/they explore he/she/it explores present participle exploring past tense explored past participle explored 1) [intransitive/transitive] to travel to a place in order …   English dictionary

  • explore — verb (explored; exploring) Etymology: Latin explorare, from ex + plorare to cry out Date: 1585 transitive verb 1. a. to investigate, study, or analyze ; look into < explore the relationship between social class and learning ability > sometimes… …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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