Definition of exploration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌekspləˈreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌekspləˈreɪʃn//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1the act of travelling through a place in order to find out about it or look for something in it the exploration of space oil exploration (= searching for oil in the ground)
  2. 2an examination of something in order to find out about it the book’s explorations of the human mind
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting an investigation): from French, or from Latin exploratio(n-), from the verb explorare ‘search out’, from ex- ‘out’ + plorare ‘utter a cry’. The current sense dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples Exploration activity slowed during the 1970s. Extensive exploration was carried out using the latest drilling technology. My ideas needed more careful exploration. These findings merit further exploration. an oil exploration company areas where mineral exploration is taking place creative exploration of music as a medium in education her personal exploration of spirituality speculative exploration for oil the heavy cost of offshore oil exploration Cook charted the coast of New Zealand on his first voyage of exploration. Interest developed in the scientific exploration of the sea. Mineral exploration is continuing throughout the area. Much of a child’s play is concerned with the exploration of his/​her environment. The film is a chronicle of man’s exploration of space. The ship is designed for deep space exploration. This was the time of Humboldt’s explorations in South America.
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