noun[mass noun] (also researches)
- 1The systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions: the group carries out research in geochemistry medical research he prefaces his study with a useful summary of his own researchesMore example sentences
- The fact is that medical research is not concerned with the welfare of animals, and nor should it be.
- A place for qualitative research in systematic reviews now seems established.
- It is salutary to wonder how much more beneficial it would have been to have spent these sums of money on medical research.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Engaged in or intended for research: a research student a research paperMore example sentences
- He remained there for 50 years, and on retirement signed on as a research student.
- When he had been there only about a year, a new research student asked if they could fix a time for a regular weekly meeting.
- I'm currently writing a short research paper on links between magic and technology.
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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 faunaMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 accountMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
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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.
late 16th century: from obsolete French recerche (noun), recercher (verb), from Old French re- (expressing intensive force) + cerchier 'to search'.
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.