(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”)).