Definition of research in English:

research

Line breaks: re|search
Pronunciation: /rɪˈsəːtʃ
 
, ˈriːsəːtʃ
 
/

noun

[mass noun] (also researches)

verb

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  • 1Investigate systematically: she has spent the last five years researching her people’s history [no object]: the team have been researching into flora and fauna
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    • The actress plays Eve, a beautiful scientist researching into the working of the human heart.
    • He was researching into the production of artificial rubber and fuel.
    • You now have an explanation for your second point, that the hours were spent in researching into the law and matters of that kind.
    Synonyms
    investigate, conduct investigations into, study, enquire into, make enquiries into, look into, probe, explore, analyse, examine, scrutinize, inspect, review, assessstudy, read, read up on, pore over, delve into, dig into, sift through
    informal check out
  • 1.1Discover or verify information for use in (a book, programme, etc.): I was in New York researching my novel (as adjective, with submodifier researched) a well-researched and readable account
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    • While researching the book he decided to have a drink in every bar that bears his name, and there are plenty of those.
    • We will also be researching the international market and following the trends in color.
    • Her day starts with a round of toast and, if she is not researching the programme, she looks after the show's guests for the day.

Derivatives

researchable

adjective
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  • As you are doing your various modules, begin to think about whether there are any topics that might interest you and that might provide you with a researchable area.
  • At that time, participants agreed that the complex issues were researchable, and that good studies would lead to interventions with real impact,’ he added.
  • Additionally, the idea that psychoanalytic theories of spectatorship do not generate researchable questions should be rejected.

researcher

noun
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  • The technique allows the researcher to develop an understanding about why people feel the way they do.
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • Sometimes researchers use more specialized tests that are only found in laboratories.

Origin

late 16th century: from obsolete French recerche (noun), recercher (verb), from Old French re- (expressing intensive force) + cerchier 'to search'.

Usage

The traditional pronunciation in British English puts the stress on the second syllable, -search. In US English the stress is reversed and comes on the re-. The US pronunciation is becoming more common in British English and, while some traditionalists view it as incorrect, it is now generally accepted as a standard variant of British English.

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