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

Wiktionary

  1. exploreverb

    To seek for something or after someone.

    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")

  2. exploreverb

    To examine or investigate something systematically.

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

    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")

  3. exploreverb

    To travel somewhere in search of discovery.

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

    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")

  4. exploreverb

    To examine diagnostically.

    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")

  5. exploreverb

    To (seek) experience first hand.

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

    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")

  6. exploreverb

    To be engaged exploring in any of the above senses.

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

    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")

  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

    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")

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exploreverb

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

    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.]

  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

    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 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. Burt Rutan:

    I will explore the world with it, visiting the places you cannot easily get to any other way, imagine being able to land in large swells near any ocean shoreline, ride the waves to the beach.

  2. Rory McIlroy:

    I've tried to get a little bit of balance, i tried to get my practice in the morning so I can spend the afternoons having a little bit of free time. It's nice to go out and explore a bit of Dubai.

  3. John Krasinski:

    I think this set of circumstances and the fact that people are living through exactly what this family lived through, it's kind of a world you can explore and re-explore and re-explore, so I think there's so many more stories to tell in that world that I got excited.

  4. Kristine Spekkens:

    [The objects] may well point to a new phenomenon that we havent really probed yet, it may also be that these are an extension of a previously known class of objects that we havent been able to explore.

  5. Ian Crawford:

    It's entirely possible that when we really explore the moon properly we will find higher concentrations of some of these materials … materials that are not resolvable by orbital remote sensing.

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