What does research mean?

Definitions for research
rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri sɜrtʃre·search

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word research.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. researchnoun

    systematic investigation to establish facts

  2. inquiry, enquiry, researchverb

    a search for knowledge

    "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"

  3. researchverb

    attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner

    "The student researched the history of that word"

  4. 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"


  1. Researchnoun

    Systematic observation of phenomena for the purpose of learning new facts or testing the application of theories to known facts; -- also called scientific research. This is the research part of the phrase


  1. researchnoun

    Diligent inquiry or examination to seek or revise facts, principles, theories, applications, et cetera; laborious or continued search after truth.

  2. researchnoun

    A particular instance or piece of research.

  3. researchverb

    To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.

  4. researchverb

    To make an extensive investigation into.

  5. researchverb

    To search again.

  6. Etymology: Early Modern rechercher, from recerchier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Researchnoun

    Enquiry; search.

    Etymology: recherche, Fr.

    By a skilful application of those notices, may be gained in such researches the accelerating and bettering of fruits, emptying mines and draining fens. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    I submit those mistakes, into which I may have fallen, to the better consideration of others, who shall have made research into this business with more felicity. William Holder.

    A felicity adapted to every rank, such as the researches of human wisdom sought for, but could not discover. John Rogers.

  2. To Researchverb

    To examine; to enquire.

    Etymology: rechercher, Fr.

    It is not easy to research with due distinction, in the actions of eminent personages, both how much may have been blemished by the envy of others, and what was corrupted by their own felicity. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Researchnoun

    diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth; as, researches of human wisdom

  2. Researchverb

    to search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently

  3. Etymology: [Pref. re- + search: cf. OF. recerchier, F. rechercher.]


  1. Research

    "Research and experimental development comprise creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications." It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project may also be an expansion on past work in the field. To test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects, or the project as a whole. The primary purposes of basic research are documentation, discovery, interpretation, or the research and development of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge. Approaches to research depend on epistemologies, which vary considerably both within and between humanities and sciences. There are several forms of research: scientific, humanities, artistic, economic, social, business, marketing, practitioner research, etc.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Research

    rē-sėrch′, n. a careful search: diligent examination or investigation: scrutiny.—v.i. to examine anew.—n. Research′er.—adj. Research′ful, inquisitive, prone to investigation.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Research

    Critical and exhaustive investigation or experimentation, having for its aim the discovery of new facts and their correct interpretation, the revision of accepted conclusions, theories, or laws in the light of newly discovered facts, or the practical application of such new or revised conclusions, theories, or laws. (Webster, 3d ed)

Editors Contribution

  1. research

    Systematic work or solutions to contribute to the creation of data, information, proof or fact.

    Research is important for society to create intelligent informed choices.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'research' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #314

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'research' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1228

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'research' in Nouns Frequency: #112

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'research' in Verbs Frequency: #727

Anagrams for research »

  1. searcher

  2. rechaser

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of research in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of research in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of research in a Sentence

  1. Masahiro Murayama:

    Our main aim is to take shape the project soon, we plan to propose a new plan based on using an onshore facility after conducting research on an onshore facility.

  2. Neil Murphy:

    A lot more research is needed to tease apart what it is in coffee that might be having these effects.

  3. Stuart Pocock:

    Our results suggest that doctors, public health scientists, and policy makers need to rethink how to best identify who is at high risk of dementia, we also need to pay attention to the causes and public health consequences of the link between underweight and increased dementia risk, which our research has established. However, our results also open up an intriguing new avenue in the search for protective factors for dementia.

  4. Savita Ginde:

    Yeah, and in public I think it makes a lot more sense for it to be in the research vein than I ’d say the business vein.

  5. Andrew Janower:

    She was diagnosed when she was 3 and it wasn’t clear if she was going to make it to 15, for her to be 15 and healthy and able to be in the tandem with me for 80 miles and do it with a smile on her face, it’s a blessing and one of the reasons why that happens is because the PMC raises so much money and that provides finances to Dana-Farber to invest in research.

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  • Rose Merlyn Jubilo
    Rose Merlyn Jubilo
    finding what has not been found
    LikeReplyReport5 years ago
  • Emma Malik
    Emma Malik
    The systematic study of sources & facts to investigate the basis.
    LikeReplyReport 27 years ago
    • STANDS4
      Thank you Urwa for reaching us and thank you for sharing our definition with your friends! Have a great day and looking forward to your next visit.
      LikeReplyReport7 years ago
  • Emma Malik
    Emma Malik
    "The process of finding facts & figures "
    By:Malik Rubina
    LikeReplyReport 27 years ago
  • Ericus Madridista
    Ericus Madridista
    A close an careful study to find new facts or information.
    LikeReplyReport 48 years ago
  • Dereje Ferede
    Dereje Ferede
    wow God is good..
    LikeReplyReport 28 years ago


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