research
I. noun Etymology: Middle French recerche, from recercher to go about seeking, from Old French recerchier, from re- + cerchier, sercher to search — more at search Date: 1577 1. careful or diligent search 2. studious inquiry or examination; especially investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws 3. the collecting of information about a particular subject II. verb Date: 1593 transitive verb 1. to search or investigate exhaustively <
research a problem
>
2. to do research for <
research a book
>
intransitive verb to engage in research • researchable adjectiveresearcher noun

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  • research — re‧search [rɪˈsɜːtʆ, ˈriːsɜːtʆ ǁ ɜːr ] noun [uncountable] 1. study of a subject to find out new things about it or to test new ideas, products etc: • A leading pharmaceutical company will finance the research. • What sets us apart from the rest… …   Financial and business terms

  • Research — Re*search (r? s?rch ), n. [Pref. re + search: cf OF. recerche, F. recherche.] 1. Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth; as, researches of human wisdom; to research a topic in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • research — ► NOUN ▪ the systematic study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. ► VERB 1) carry out research into. 2) use research to discover or verify information to be presented in (a book, programme, etc.).… …   English terms dictionary

  • research — [rē′sʉrch΄, ri sʉrch′] n. [MFr recerche < recercher, to travel through, survey: see RE & SEARCH] [sometimes pl.] careful, systematic, patient study and investigation in some field of knowledge, undertaken to discover or establish facts or… …   English World dictionary

  • research — I noun analysis, careful search, close inquiry, eruditio, examination, experimentation, exploration, factfinding, indagation, inquest, inquiry, inquisition, inspection, investigation, observation, probe, pursuit, quest, questioning,… …   Law dictionary

  • research — 1570s, act of searching closely, from M.Fr. recerche (1530s), from O.Fr. recercher seek out, search closely, from re , intensive prefix, + cercher to seek for (see SEARCH (Cf. search)). Meaning scientific inquiry is first attested 1630s. Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • research — [n] examination, study analysis, delving, experimentation, exploration, factfinding, fishing expedition*, groundwork, inquest, inquiry, inquisition, investigation, legwork*, probe, probing, quest, R and D*, scrutiny; concepts 349,362 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • research — e*search , v. t. [Pref. re + search: cf. OF. recerchier, F. rechercher.] To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Research — Research,das:1.⇨Marktforschung–2.⇨Meinungsforschung …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • research — investigation, *inquiry, inquisition, inquest, probe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • research — In BrE the noun and verb are both traditionally pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, but first syllable stressing of the noun (ree serch), influenced by American practice, is increasingly heard, especially on radio and television …   Modern English usage

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