- 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 explore
A 64-year-old animal trainer, he makes the six-hour round-trip every two weeks to submit to her and explore his sexuality.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
In October, news broke that Regal hired Morgan Stanley to explore a possible sale.The Right-Wing Billionaire Who Bowed to North Korea over ‘The Interview’
December 19, 2014
Another side of Spider-Man that might be interesting to explore in a reboot is seeing him as an adult.Exclusive: Sony Hack Reveals Studio's Detailed Plans For Another ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot
December 13, 2014
It has been incredible to explore so many artistic avenues when it comes to having a dialogue about a very serious disease.Blogger Shares and Shames Cancer in ‘Lily’
December 9, 2014
But what I want to explore next, there are a couple of New Zealand films I want to do.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
I long to live so that I can explore what is no less than a new world to me.De Profundis
Five of us put off in a boat to explore—that is the last that I can recall.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
He crawled into it with a leaping heart and began to explore.Buried Cities, Part 2
Collecting my courage I set about to explore my surroundings.City of Endless Night
Come, Clara; I want to explore the penetralia of this temple of Isis.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
- (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 explore
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.