research

[ ri-surch, ree-surch ]
/ rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri sɜrtʃ /

noun

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.

verb (used without object)

to make researches; investigate carefully.

verb (used with object)

to make an extensive investigation into: to research a matter thoroughly.

Origin of research

1570–80; (v.) < Middle French recercher to seek, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + cercher to search; (noun) < Middle French recerche

SYNONYMS FOR research

4 study, inquire, examine, scrutinize.

Related forms

re·search·a·ble, adjectivere·search·er, re·search·ist, nounpro·re·search, adjectiveun·der·re·search, verb (used with object)

Can be confused

re-search research
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research

/ (rɪˈsɜːtʃ, ˈriːsɜːtʃ) /

noun

systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or to collect information on a subject

verb

to carry out investigations into (a subject, problem, etc)

Derived Forms

researchable, adjectiveresearcher, noun

Word Origin for research

C16: from Old French recercher to seek, search again, from re- + cercher to search
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