- 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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Origin of re-search
Examples from the Web for research
Have you tried to access the research that your tax dollars finance, almost all of which is kept behind a paywall?Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
The research literature, too, asks these questions, and not without reason.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
“The origin of Brokpas is lost in antiquity,” a research article from the University of Delhi notes.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
As I went spelunking through the research literature, I found a huge variation in definitions.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Spall says that, faced with the contradictions in the research, they created an amalgam of them.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Suffice it to say, that for my own part, diligence hath not been wanting in the research.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
In this research you will compete with some of the most distinguished chemists in Berlin.City of Endless Night
And this is largely due to her methods of research and inquiry.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
But this work was the fruit of long years of patient observation and research.Self-Help
He had failed in one research, but he was led to grand conclusions.Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works
Edward Singleton Holden
- 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 research
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.