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

    

research

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they research
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɜːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɜːrtʃ//
 
he / she / it researches
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɜːtʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɜːrtʃɪz//
 
past simple researched
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɜːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɜːrtʃt//
 
past participle researched
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɜːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɜːrtʃt//
 
-ing form researching
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɜːtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɜːrtʃɪŋ//
 
Experiments and research, Study routes
 
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BrE BrE//rɪˈsɜːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɜːrtʃ//
 
[intransitive, transitive] to study something carefully and try to discover new facts about it research (into/in/on something) They're researching into ways of improving people's diet. research something to research a problem/topic/market She's in New York researching her new book (= finding facts and information to put in it). research how, what, etc… We have to research how the product will actually be used. See related entries: Experiments and research, Study routes
Word Origin late 16th cent.: from obsolete French recerche (noun), recercher (verb), from Old French re- (expressing intensive force) + cerchier ‘to search’.Extra examples I spent two years carefully researching into his background. She is currently researching for her next novel. The book has been poorly researched. She spent some time researching what gaps there were in the childcare market. She’s in New Zealand researching her new book. The experience of being a personal carer has been well researched. They’re researching into new ways of improving people’s diets.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: research