- 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 unexplored
But the area is also an unexplored region of picturesque villages and surprising flavors.The Road to Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2014
Tris is not afraid that Four will rape her—rather, she fears the natural evolution of her own unexplored sexuality.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture
March 28, 2014
That question likewise goes unexplained by Boehner and unexplored by Moore.What's the Plan, Speaker Boehner?
January 7, 2013
As far as any one knew, the country he had just traversed was unexplored.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
There was no longer the sound of sizzling steam from the unexplored passage-way.City of Endless Night
The glooms of the gigantic forest, spreading back to unexplored and unimagined depth, added to the sublimity of the scene.
Beyond the gate there is unexplored mystery for us in our childhood.The Wonder
J. D. Beresford
Immediately the little dog was lost in an unexplored country.Greyfriars Bobby
- not having been explored
- (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 unexplored
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.