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research

[ri-surch, ree-surch] /rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri sɜrtʃ/
noun
1.
diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.:
recent research in medicine.
2.
a particular instance or piece of research.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make researches; investigate carefully.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make an extensive investigation into:
to research a matter thoroughly.
Origin of research
1570-1580
1570-80; (v.) < Middle French recercher to seek, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + cercher to search; (noun) < Middle French recerche
Related forms
researchable, adjective
researcher, researchist, noun
proresearch, adjective
underresearch, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
re-search, research.
Synonyms
1. scrutiny, study. See investigation. 4. study, inquire, examine, scrutinize.

re-search

[ree-surch] /riˈsɜrtʃ/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to search or search for again.
Origin
1740-50; re- + search
Can be confused
re-search, research.
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  • He'll give you a spiel about his research and ask to measure your brain waves.

    Sentiment, Inc. Poul William Anderson
  • But he'd reached the end of his own research, and he'd come here to find the answers.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • The first distinct impulse toward a higher view of research into natural laws was given by the philosophers of Greece.

  • The objects of our research are expressed as problems (or hypotheses).

  • By a long process of research, Mr. Brown finds his word in ancient ‘Akkadian.’

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for research

research

/rɪˈsɜːtʃ; ˈriːsɜːtʃ/
noun
1.
systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or to collect information on a subject
verb
2.
to carry out investigations into (a subject, problem, etc)
Derived Forms
researchable, adjective
researcher, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French recercher to seek, search again, from re- + cercher to search
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Word Origin and History for research
n.

1570s, "act of searching closely," from Middle French recerche (1530s, Modern French recherche), back-formation from Old French recercher (see research (v.)). Meaning "scientific inquiry" is first attested 1630s. Phrase research and development is recorded from 1923.

v.

1590s, from Middle French recercher, from Old French recercher "seek out, search closely," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + cercher "to seek for" (see search (v.)). Related: Researched; researching.

re-search

v.

"to search again," 1760, from re- + search (v.). Related: Re-searched; re-searching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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