Definition of explore in English:


Syllabification: ex·plore
Pronunciation: /ikˈsplôr


[with object]
1Travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it: the best way to explore Iceland’s northwest figurative the project encourages children to explore the world of photography
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  • Many of us have never explored the unfamiliar areas of the city and are often unaware of the full potential experience and new attributes of the ever-maturing city centre.
  • Around the island you'll find time portals; these allow you to travel through time and explore areas at different stages in history.
  • All members of the party were successful with the trek and spent the rest of the day exploring the site and learning a lot more about the history of the Incas.
travel over/in/through, tour, range over;
survey, take a look at, inspect, investigate, reconnoiter, wander through
1.1 [no object] (explore for) Search for resources such as mineral deposits: the company explored for oil
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  • Special allowances are given for expenditure incurred in exploring for minerals and petroleum resources and mine development expenditure.
  • One of the companies exploring for minerals is searching for zinc and hoping to find other by-products.
  • The consortium then sent experts to the region south of Kabul to explore for copper and other mineral deposits.
1.2Inquire into or discuss (a subject or issue) in detail: he sets out to explore fundamental questions
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  • If a woman had a genuine fear of childbirth, the issue was explored and discussed in a balanced manner.
  • Not only do they not find it harmful, but in some instances it has helped them to discuss and explore issues of theology and faith.
  • The audience is invited to take part in a one-hour post-show workshop and discussion, to explore issues raised in the play.
1.3Examine or evaluate (an option or possibility): you continue to explore new ways to generate income
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  • Instead of saying that we are left with no other option, let us explore other possibilities.
  • As always, I use the search engine to sniff for clues when I need to explore possibilities and options.
  • The second issue for further study entails exploring the options for development that overcome or compensate for locational disadvantages.
examine, research, survey, scrutinize, study, review, go over with a fine-tooth comb
informal check out
1.4Examine by touch: her fingers explored his hair
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  • In hospital, he was given a blue toy truck to hold before his operation, his small hands touching, probing, exploring the size of it, the shape of it.
  • Without further consent, Michael bowed my head forward and his fingers explored my hair around the back of my head while he searched for a visible injury of some kind.
  • As far as I'm concerned, most lovers don't spend enough time touching, discovering and exploring each other.
1.5 Medicine Surgically examine (a wound or body cavity) in detail.
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  • After three minutes, he removed the sponge to explore the wound further.
  • One perforation resolved on conservative management with nasogastric feeding and the other was successfully explored and surgically repaired.
  • The patient was surgically explored on the second day of life.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'investigate (why)'): from French explorer, from Latin explorare 'search out', from ex- 'out' + plorare 'utter a cry'.



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  • After the initial explorative phase which lasted for a few minutes, a decrease of the locomotor activity in both the control and the experimental groups was noticeable.
  • To find out, he asked her to prepare an explorative paper on the possibility of using television to teach young children.
  • Walter tells the women about all of his explorative experiences in Chicago over the past few days.

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