AskDefine | Define explore

Dictionary Definition



1 inquire into [syn: research, search]
2 travel to or penetrate into; "explore unknown territory in biology"
3 examine minutely
4 examine (organs etc.) for diagnostic purposes

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (RP): , /ɪkˈsplɔː/, /Ik"splO:/
  • (US): , /ɪkˈsplɔːr/, /Ik"splO:r/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)


  1. to wander without any particular aim or purpose
  2. to examine or investigate something systematically
    The committee has been exploring alternative solutions to the problem at hand.
  3. to travel in search of discovery
    It was around that time that the expedition began exploring the Arctic Circle.
  4. to experience first hand
    It is normal for a boy of this age to be exploring his sexuality.
  5. to examine diagnostically



to examine or investigate something systematically
to travel in search of discovery
to experience first hand
to examine diagnostically
to examine or investigate something systematically
to travel in search of discovery

Extensive Definition

Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery, e.g. of unknown people, including space (space exploration), for oil, gas, coal, ores, caves, water (Mineral exploration or prospecting), or information.
Although exploration has existed as long as human beings, its peak is seen as being during the Age of Discovery when European navigators travelled around the world discovering new lands and cultures.

Other uses

The term may also be used metaphorically, for example persons may speak of exploring the internet, sexuality, etc.
In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of research (the other two being description and explanation). Exploration is the attempt to develop an initial, rough understanding of some phenomenon.

Notable explorers

Exploration by area

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explore in Arabic: استكشاف
explore in Breton: Ergerzhadeg
explore in Danish: Opdagelsesrejse
explore in German: Exploration
explore in Spanish: Exploración
explore in Esperanto: Esplorado
explore in French: Exploration
explore in Croatian: Popis istraživača
explore in Italian: Esploratori
explore in Hebrew: מגלה ארצות
explore in Dutch: Ontdekkingsreizen
explore in Japanese: 探検
explore in Portuguese: Exploração
explore in Albanian: Eksplorimi
explore in Finnish: Tutkimusmatkailija
explore in Swedish: Upptäcktsresa
explore in Vietnamese: Thám hiểm
explore in Yiddish: עקספלאראציע
explore in Chinese: 探险家

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beat the bushes, burrow, delve, delve into, dig, dig into, examine, fathom, forage, frisk, go into, go through, hunt, indagate, inquire into, inspect, investigate, look around, look into, look round, look through, nose around, observe, peer into, plumb, poke, poke around, poke into, probe, prospect, pry, pry into, quarry, question, research, review, root, scrutinize, search, search into, search through, sift, smell around, sound, study, survey, test, tour, travel, traverse, try
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