American English

Definition of explore verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they explore
    he / she / it explores
    past simple explored
    -ing form exploring
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to travel to or around an area or a country in order to learn about it explore something (for something) The city is best explored on foot. They explored the land to the south of the Murray River. explore (for something) As soon as we arrived on the island we were eager to explore. companies exploring for (= searching for) oil
  2. 2[transitive] explore something to examine something completely or carefully in order to find out more about it synonym analyse These ideas will be explored in more detail in chapter 7. Language Bankaboutsaying what a text is about The book is about homeless people in the cities. The report deals with the issue of homelessness in urban areas. The writer discusses the problems faced by homeless people. The article presents an overview of the issues surrounding homelessness. The novel explores the theme of friendship among homeless people. The first chapter examines the relationship between homelessness and drug addiction. The paper considers the question of why so many young people become homeless.
  3. 3[transitive] explore something to feel something with your hands or another part of the body She explored the sand with her toes. see also unexplored
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