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exploration

Syllabification: ex·plo·ra·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌekspləˈrāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of exploration in English:

noun

1The action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it: voyages of exploration an exploration of the African interior
More example sentences
  • Demonstrations and exhibits, many of them interactive, will cover aspects on space, space travel and exploration.
  • In fact, one of the goals of the space society's event was to increase awareness of Canada's role in space exploration.
  • Its mandate is sweeping to set the agenda for space exploration well into the 21st century.
Synonyms
archaic peregrination
(explorations)travels
1.1Thorough analysis of a subject or theme: an exploration of the religious dimensions of our lives
More example sentences
  • Future research may include a more thorough exploration of these observations.
  • He then set about a thorough and painstaking exploration of what an orchestral work of the late 20th century might be.
  • At the same, this is a film of emotional depth, humour and intelligent exploration of its subject.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting an investigation): from French, or from Latin exploratio(n-), from the verb explorare (see explore). The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

Derivatives

explorational

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Pronunciation: /-ˈrāSHənl/
adjective

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