- diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.: recent research in medicine.
- a particular instance or piece of research.
- to make researches; investigate carefully.
- to make an extensive investigation into: to research a matter thoroughly.
Origin of research
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Examples from the Web for researchers
Eating disorders, researchers believed, were essentially more severe forms of disordered eating.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
But most of this gap, say the researchers who carried out the study, is due to discrimination.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
“Hence, there might be a net benefit, at least to some females, of breeding within the natal group,” the researchers speculate.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
Science imitates nature as researchers dream up robotic dogs, cheetahs, sharks and even cockroaches.Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords
December 26, 2014
Ever since it was created in 1965, politicians and researchers have studied and debated its effectiveness.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
His progress, and the progress of thousands of other researchers in biology, must have been watched.Forever
Pictures helped what the researchers defined as poor readers.
Researchers can only observe and record such accomplishments.
That'd be a very valuable piece of real estate for the researchers.And Then the Town Took Off
They were the researchers in spiritual things, and he the traditionalist.
- systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or to collect information on a subject
- to carry out investigations into (a subject, problem, etc)
Word Origin and History for researchers
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.