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


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.

Nearby words

  1. rescue,
  2. rescue dog,
  3. rescue grass,
  4. rescue mission,
  5. reseal,
  6. research and development,
  7. research library,
  8. research park,
  9. research quantum,
  10. research-intensive

Origin of research

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

1. scrutiny, study. See investigation. 4. study, inquire, examine, scrutinize.

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

Can be confusedre-search research Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for researchers


/ (rɪˈsɜːtʃ, ˈriːsɜːtʃ) /


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


to carry out investigations into (a subject, problem, etc)
Derived Formsresearchable, adjectiveresearcher, noun

Word Origin for research

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

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Word Origin and History for researchers
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