research[rē′sʉrc̸h′, ri sʉrc̸h′]
- Research is careful and organized study or gathering of information about a specific topic.
- An example of research is a project where scientists try to find a cure for AIDS.
- An example of research is the information a high school student tracks down information for a school report.
- Research is defined as to track down information or gain knowledge about a specific subject.
An example of research is gathering information on the Internet about traveling in Mexico.
Origin of researchMiddle French recerche ; from recercher, to travel through, survey: see re- and amp; search
- Careful study of a given subject, field, or problem, undertaken to discover facts or principles.
- An act or period of such study: her researches of medieval parish records.
verbre·searched, re·search·ing, re·search·es
- To study (something) thoroughly so as to present in a detailed, accurate manner: researching the effects of acid rain.
- To do research for: research a magazine article.
Origin of researchObsolete French recerche, from recercher, to search closely, from Old French : re-, re- + cerchier, to search; see search.
- re·search′er, re·search′ist
(countable and uncountable, plural researches)
- (uncountable) Diligent inquiry or examination to seek or revise facts, principles, theories, applications, etc.; laborious or continued search after truth.
- (countable) A particular instance or piece of research.
(third-person singular simple present researches, present participle researching, simple past and past participle researched)
- To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.
- (intransitive) To make an extensive investigation into.
- To search again.
Early Modern French rechercher (“to examine closely"), from Old French recerchier (“to seek, to look for").