A group explore the inside of a cave.
An example of explore is checking out the inside of a cave.
- to look into closely; examine carefully; investigate
- to travel in (a region previously unknown or little known) in order to learn about its natural features, inhabitants, etc.
- Med. to examine (an organ, wound, etc.) by operation, probing, etc., as in order to make a diagnosis
Origin of exploreClassical Latin explorare, to search out ; from ex-, out + plorare, to cry out, wail
- to explore new regions, etc.
- to search carefully, systematically, or scientifically for oil, minerals, treasure, etc.
verbex·plored, ex·plor·ing, ex·plores
- To investigate systematically; examine: explore every possibility.
- To search into or travel in for the purpose of discovery: exploring outer space.
- Medicine To examine (a body cavity or interior part) for diagnostic purposes, especially by surgery.
Origin of exploreLatin expl&omacron;rare : ex-, ex- + perhaps pl&omacron;rare, to cry out, as to rouse game.
(third-person singular simple present explores, present participle exploring, simple past and past participle explored)
- To examine or investigate something systematically.
- The committee has been exploring alternative solutions to the problem at hand.
- To travel somewhere in search of discovery.
- It was around that time that the expedition began exploring the Arctic Circle.
- (intransitive, medicine) To examine diagnostically.
- To (seek) experience first hand.
- It is normal for a boy of this age to be exploring his sexuality.
- (intransitive) To be engaged exploring in any of the above senses.
- He was too busy exploring to notice his son needed his guidance.
- (intransitive) To wander without any particular aim or purpose.
- The boys explored all around till cold and hunger drove them back to the campfire one by one.
From Middle French explorer, from Latin explorare (“to investigate, search out”), itself said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "to set up a loud cry", from ex- (“out”) + plorare (“to cry”), but the second element is also explained as "to make to flow" (from pluere (“to flow”)).