Definitions for exploreɪkˈsplɔr, -ˈsploʊr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ploreɪkˈsplɔr, -ˈsploʊr(v.)-plored, -plor•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discovery:

    to explore an island.

  2. to look into closely; investigate:

    explored the possibilities.

  3. to examine, esp. mechanically, as with a surgical probe:

    to explore a wound.

    Category: Surgery

  4. (v.i.)to engage in exploration.

Origin of explore:

1575–85; < L explōrāre to reconnoiter, investigate =ex-ex -1+plōrāre to cry out


Princeton's WordNet

  1. research, search, explore(verb)

    inquire into

    "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"

  2. explore(verb)

    travel to or penetrate into

    "explore unknown territory in biology"

  3. explore(verb)

    examine minutely

  4. explore(verb)

    examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. explore(verb)ɪkˈsplɔr, -ˈsploʊr

    to travel around an area of land to find new things

    adventurers who explore the Arctic; I left the hotel and went out to explore.

  2. exploreɪkˈsplɔr, -ˈsploʊr

    to learn about sth new

    The class will explore the latest economic theories.


  1. explore(Verb)

    To seek for something or after someone.

  2. explore(Verb)

    To examine or investigate something systematically.

    The committee has been exploring alternative solutions to the problem at hand.

  3. explore(Verb)

    To travel somewhere in search of discovery.

    It was around that time that the expedition began exploring the Arctic Circle.

  4. explore(Verb)

    To examine diagnostically.

  5. explore(Verb)

    To (seek) experience first hand.

    It is normal for a boy of this age to be exploring his sexuality.

  6. explore(Verb)

    To be engaged exploring in any of the above senses.

    He was too busy exploring to notice his son needed his guidance

  7. explore(Verb)

    To wander without any particular aim or purpose.

    The boys explored all around till cold and hunger drove them back to the campfire one by one

  8. Origin: Recorded since c.1450 (implied in explorator), from explorare "investigate, search out", itself said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "set up a loud cry," from ex- "out" + plorare "to cry", but the second element is also explained as "to make to flow" (from pluere "to flow")

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explore(verb)

    to seek for or after; to strive to attain by search; to look wisely and carefully for

  2. Explore(verb)

    to search through or into; to penetrate or range over for discovery; to examine thoroughly; as, to explore new countries or seas; to explore the depths of science

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explore' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4081

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explore' in Verbs Frequency: #412

Translations for explore

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to search or travel through (a place) for the purpose of discovery

The oceans have not yet been fully explored; Let's go exploring in the caves.

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