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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for researcher

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 researcher

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.

research

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.

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