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.

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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    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. Mary Knapp:

    I learned back in my undergrad days that there was this part of the spectrum we couldn’t see, it really just struck me that there was this unexplored part of the universe, and I want to explore this part of the sky for the first time.

  2. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    To enjoy living and appreciate it, just explore life without commitment and certain routes will become evident to you.

  3. Carol Runyan:

    Children are curious and, even if told repeatedly to stay away from guns that they encounter,( they) can not be counted on not to continue to explore.

  4. Toto Wolff:

    I have started to embrace the fact that everybody has objectives and needs to have the best possible opportunity for his career, in that respect, I am absolutely open for everybody to explore options.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    This world is my home. This world is my office. This world is my playground and everyone in this world is my friend. There is no other world I know so I will experience and explore this world to the hilt and evolve with every experience and MickeyMize my life! Please share this to make this vibrant world our only heaven.

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