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[ ik-splawr, -splohr ]

verb (used with object)

, ex·plored, ex·plor·ing.
  1. to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discovery:

    to explore the island.

  2. to look into closely; scrutinize; examine:

    Let us explore the possibilities for improvement.

    Synonyms: survey, investigate, research, study, probe

  3. Surgery. to investigate into, especially mechanically, as with a probe.
  4. Obsolete. to search for; search out.

verb (used without object)

, ex·plored, ex·plor·ing.
  1. to engage in exploration.


/ ɪkˈsplɔː /


  1. tr to examine or investigate, esp systematically
  2. to travel to or into (unfamiliar or unknown regions), esp for organized scientific purposes
  3. tr med to examine (an organ or part) for diagnostic purposes
  4. obsolete.
    tr to search for or out

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Derived Forms

  • exˈplorer, noun

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Other Words From

  • ex·plora·ble adjective
  • ex·plora·bili·ty noun
  • ex·ploring·ly adverb
  • reex·plore verb reexplored reexploring
  • unex·plora·ble adjective
  • unex·plored adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of explore1

First recorded in 1575–85; from Latin explōrāre “to search out, examine,” equivalent to ex- ex- 1( def ) + plōrāre “to cry out,” probably originally with reference to hunting cries

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Word History and Origins

Origin of explore1

C16: from Latin explōrāre, from ex- 1+ plōrāre to cry aloud; probably from the shouts of hunters sighting prey

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Example Sentences

The course, designed in collaboration with the particular company and Forage, gives students a chance to “explore what a career would look like at their firm before the internship or entry-level application process opens,” Brunskill explains.

The Talon is a great way to access the river or lake explore the land surrounding a body of water.

There will also be a desktop version of the service available with an even richer set of features for users and their doctors to explore.

From Fortune

The result is a new season of Wild Thing, a podcast that explores the strange and unusual things that capture our imaginations.

It explored the bucket, and then leapt onto the rim, made several circuits, hopped down, and casually disappeared into the overgrown grass.

A 64-year-old animal trainer, he makes the six-hour round-trip every two weeks to submit to her and explore his sexuality.

In October, news broke that Regal hired Morgan Stanley to explore a possible sale.

Another side of Spider-Man that might be interesting to explore in a reboot is seeing him as an adult.

It has been incredible to explore so many artistic avenues when it comes to having a dialogue about a very serious disease.

But what I want to explore next, there are a couple of New Zealand films I want to do.

The world must certainly be round, he thought, and he was no longer satisfied to explore the waters near his own home.

No sooner was the spectroscope invented than astronomers hastened by its aid to explore the chemical constitution of the sun.

It made us feel that one ought to have two or three years to explore Britain instead of a single summer's vacation.

After a short conference the officer in command decided to divide the party and explore both paths.

Having eaten all his small stomach would hold, Lovin Child wanted to get down and explore.