What does explore mean?

Definitions for explore
ɪkˈsplɔr, -ˈsploʊrex·plore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. research, search, exploreverb

    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. exploreverb

    travel to or penetrate into

    "explore unknown territory in biology"

  3. exploreverb

    examine minutely

  4. exploreverb

    examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes


  1. exploreverb

    To seek for something or after someone.

  2. exploreverb

    To examine or investigate something systematically.

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

  3. exploreverb

    To travel somewhere in search of discovery.

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

  4. exploreverb

    To examine diagnostically.

  5. exploreverb

    To (seek) experience first hand.

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

  6. exploreverb

    To be engaged exploring in any of the above senses.

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

  7. exploreverb

    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. Etymology: 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")

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXPLOREverb

    To try; to search into; to examine by trial.

    Etymology: exploro, Latin.

    Abdiel that sight endur’d not, where he stood
    Among the mightiest, bent on highest deeds,
    And thus his own undaunted heart explores. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Divers opinions I have been inclined to question, not only as a naturalist, but as a chymist, whether they be agreeable to true grounds of philosophy, or the exploring experiments of the fire. Boyle.

    But Capys, and the rest of sounder mind,
    The fatal present to the flames design’d,
    Or to the wat’ry deep; at least to bore
    The hollow sides, and hidden frauds explore. John Dryden, Æn.

    The mighty Stagyrite first left the shore,
    Spread all his sails, and durst the deeps explore;
    He steer’d securely, and discover’d far,
    Led by the light of the Mœonian star. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Crit.


  1. explore

    To explore means to venture into or investigate an unfamiliar or unknown area, idea, concept, or experience. It involves a curious and open-minded approach to discover, learn, and gain knowledge or understanding about something new. Exploration often requires active engagement, observation, and analysis to explore and expand one's knowledge, interests, or perspective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exploreverb

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

  2. Exploreverb

    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

  3. Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Explore

    eks-plōr′, v.t. to search for the purpose of discovery: to examine thoroughly.—n. Explorā′tion, act of searching thoroughly.—adjs. Explor′ative, Explor′atory, serving to explore: searching out.—n. Explor′er, one who explores.—p.adj. Explor′ing, employed in or intended for exploration. [Fr.,—L. explorāre, -ātum, to search out—prob. from ex, out, plorāre, to make to flow.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of explore in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of explore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of explore in a Sentence

  1. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi:

    In fact, based on the joint efforts of China and other regional countries, the South China Sea is currently one of the safest and freest shipping lanes in the world, china was the earliest to explore, name, develop and administer various South China Sea islands. Our ancestors worked diligently here for generations.

  2. Vanessa Wyche:

    With these awards, NASA and our partners will develop advanced, reliable spacesuits that allow humans to explore the cosmos unlike ever before.

  3. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    I raised the fact that there were Indonesian prisoners in Australian jails and whether there was an opportunity for us to consider a prisoner swap, a prisoner transfer or a clemency plea in exchange for a return of prisoners, i just asked for a pause in their preparations for the execution of Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan so that we could have officials explore these ideas.

  4. Dee Pernell:

    It's a great time now with us having more time at home to just get in the kitchen and explore different things.

  5. The EPA:

    The agency will continue these collaborative efforts for any revised ozone standards, including working with California as it continues to explore regulatory strategies and technologies to reduce pollution and improve public health protection, california has faced a uniquely difficult attainment task due to the combination of adverse meteorology and topography, population growth, and the pollution burden associated with mobile sources.

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