[ ek-spluh-rey-shuhn ]
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  1. an act or instance of exploring or investigating; examination.

  2. the investigation of unknown regions.

Origin of exploration

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin explōrātiōn-, stem of explōrātiō “examination,” from explōrāt(us) “searched out, examined” (past participle of explōrāre “to search out, examine”; see explore) + -iō -ion

Other words from exploration

  • re·ex·plo·ra·tion, noun

Words Nearby exploration

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How to use exploration in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exploration


/ (ˌɛkspləˈreɪʃən) /

  1. the act or process of exploring

  2. med examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes

  1. an organized trip into unfamiliar regions, esp for scientific purposes; expedition

Derived forms of exploration

  • exploratory (ɪkˈsplɒrətərɪ, -trɪ) or explorative, adjective

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