- to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discovery: to explore the island.
- to look into closely; scrutinize; examine: Let us explore the possibilities for improvement.
- Surgery. to investigate into, especially mechanically, as with a probe.
- Obsolete. to search for; search out.
- to engage in exploration.
Origin of explore
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Examples from the Web for exploring
And, thanks to a transparent hull, exploring the deep and spotting rare marine life is practically a cinch.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
December 29, 2014
And it might be easiest of all imagining him “exploring” a candidacy for a while and then deciding the hell with it.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
New York City at the time, according to McBride, attracts men and women who are exploring and expressing their sexual difference.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
Exploring the pangs of this tumultuous relationship is what most attracted Kent to this project.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
“This project is a wonderful vehicle for exploring and demonstrating how we go about finding out what is true,” he says.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
This remained to be ascertained in exploring that river upwards.
With every stage of it Newbury was revealing himself; and exploring her.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
For exploring into its darkness I found that of course it did have walls like any common building.The Harbor
"Hul-lo," he cried, exploring to see whether the bathroom chair was dry.The Education of Eric Lane
Plainly if exploring of those upper rooms was to be done it must be done at once.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (tr) to examine or investigate, esp systematically
- to travel to or into (unfamiliar or unknown regions), esp for organized scientific purposes
- (tr) med to examine (an organ or part) for diagnostic purposes
- (tr) obsolete to search for or out
Word Origin and History for exploring
1580s, "to investigate, examine," a back-formation from exploration, or else from Middle French explorer (16c.), from Latin explorare "investigate, search out, examine, explore," said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "set up a loud cry," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plorare "to cry."
But second element also explained as "to make to flow," from pluere "to flow." Meaning "to go to a country or place in quest of discoveries" is first attested 1610s. Related: Explored; exploring.
- To examine for diagnostic purposes.