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

BrE BrE//rɪˈsɜːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɜːrtʃ//
; BrE BrE//ˈriːsɜːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːsɜːrtʃ//
[uncountable] (also researches [plural] especially in British English) a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it medical/historical/scientific, etc. research to do/conduct/undertake research research (into/on something/somebody) He has carried out extensive research into renewable energy sources. Recent research on deaf children has produced some interesting findings about their speech. What have their researches shown? a research project/grant/student Research on animals has led to some important medical advances. I've done some research to find out the cheapest way of travelling there. Wordfinderanalysis, evaluate, evidence, experiment, hypothesis, laboratory, research, result, science, study CollocationsScientific researchTheory formulate/​advance a theory/​hypothesis build/​construct/​create/​develop a simple/​theoretical/​mathematical model develop/​establish/​provide/​use a theoretical/​conceptual framework advance/​argue/​develop the thesis that… explore an idea/​a concept/​a hypothesis make a prediction/​an inference base a prediction/​your calculations on something investigate/​evaluate/​accept/​challenge/​reject a theory/​hypothesis/​modelExperiment design an experiment/​a questionnaire/​a study/​a test do research/​an experiment/​an analysis make observations/​measurements/​calculations carry out/​conduct/​perform an experiment/​a test/​a longitudinal study/​observations/​clinical trials run an experiment/​a simulation/​clinical trials repeat an experiment/​a test/​an analysis replicate a study/​the results/​the findings observe/​study/​examine/​investigate/​assess a pattern/​a process/​a behaviour/(especially US English) a behavior fund/​support the research/​project/​study seek/​provide/​get/​secure funding for researchResults collect/​gather/​extract data/​information yield data/​evidence/​similar findings/​the same results analyse/​examine the data/​soil samples/​a specimen consider/​compare/​interpret the results/​findings fit the data/​model confirm/​support/​verify a prediction/​a hypothesis/​the results/​the findings prove a conjecture/​hypothesis/​theorem draw/​make/​reach the same conclusions read/​review the records/​literature describe/​report an experiment/​a study present/​publish/​summarize the results/​findings present/​publish/​read/​review/​cite a paper in a scientific journal see also market research, operational research See related entries: Experiments and research, Study routes
Word Originlate 16th cent.: from obsolete French recerche (noun), recercher (verb), from Old French re- (expressing intensive force) + cerchier ‘to search’.Extra examples Extremists called for a ban on animal research. For his PhD he conducted field research in Indonesia. Further research is needed. He focused his research on the economics of the interwar era. Most research in the field has concentrated on the effects on children. One paper based on research conducted at Oxford suggested that the drug may cause brain damage. Research demonstrates that women are more likely than men to provide social support to others. She’s doing research on Czech music between the wars. The research does not support these conclusions. They are carrying out research into the natural flow patterns of water. They lack the resources to do their own research. What has their research shown? Who is directing the group’s research effort? a startling piece of historical research pioneering research into skin disease research which identifies the causes of depression spending on military research and development the research done in the 1950s that linked smoking with cancer Are you hoping to get a research grant? Funding for medical research has been cut quite dramatically. He’s done a lot of research into renewable energy sources. I work for a market research organization. I’ve done some research to find out the cheapest way of travelling there. In the course of my researches, I came across some of my grandfather’s old letters. James is a 24-year-old research student from Iowa. Most academic research is carried out in the universities. Recent research on deaf children has yielded some interesting results. Their latest research project will be funded by the government. They pour millions of dollars into research and development. They were the first to undertake pioneering research into the human genome. This is a piece of research that should be taken very seriously. This is an important area of research. We’re trying to raise money for cancer research. You will need to describe your research methods.
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