Definition: Research

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From early Modern French rechercher (to examine closely), from Old French recerchier (to seek, to look for), by surface analysis, re- + search.


research (countable and uncountable, plural researches)

  1. Diligent inquiry or examination to seek or revise facts, principles, theories, applications, etc. (that are currently available, or that are familiar to one's self).
    The research station that houses Wang and his team is outside Lijiang, a city of about 1.2 million people.

Derived terms

  • action research
  • advocacy research
  • basic research
  • bioresearch
  • bioresearcher
  • consumer research
  • coresearcher
  • customer research
  • eco-research
  • empirical research
  • historical research
  • marketing research
  • market research
  • operational research
  • operations research
  • opposition research
  • overresearched
  • primary research
  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
  • researchability
  • researchable
  • researcher
  • researchful
  • research professor
  • scientific research
  • secondary research
  • space research
  • structural research
  • underresearched
  • unobtrusive research
  • unresearchability
  • unresearchable
  • unresearched

Related terms

  • research paper


research (third-person singular simple present researches, present participle researching, simple past and past participle researched)

  1. (transitive) To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.
  2. (intransitive) To make an extensive investigation into.
  3. (transitive) To search again.


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