from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Scholarly or scientific investigation or inquiry. See Synonyms at inquiry.
- n. Close, careful study.
- intransitive v. To engage in or perform research.
- transitive v. To study (something) thoroughly so as to present in a detailed, accurate manner: researching the effects of acid rain.
- transitive v. To do research for: research a magazine article.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Diligent inquiry or examination to seek or revise facts, principles, theories, applications, etc.; laborious or continued search after truth.
- n. A particular instance or piece of research.
- v. To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.
- v. To make an extensive investigation into.
- v. To search again.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth.
- n. Systematic observation of phenomena for the purpose of learning new facts or testing the application of theories to known facts; -- also called scientific research. This is the research part of the phrase “research and development” (R&D).
- transitive v. To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To search or examine with continued care; examine into or inquire about diligently.
- n. Diligent inquiry, examination, or study; laborious or continued search after facts or principles; investigation: as, microscopical research; historical researches.
- n. In music, an extemporaneous composition preluding the performance of a work, and introducing some of its leading themes.
- n. Synonyms Investigation, Inquiry, etc. (see examination), exploration.
- To search again; examine anew.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. inquire into
- v. attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
- n. systematic investigation to establish facts
- n. a search for knowledge
Obsolete French recerche, from recercher, to search closely, from Old French : re-, re- + cerchier, to search; see search.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Early Modern French rechercher ("to examine closely"), from Old French recerchier ("to seek, to look for"). (Wiktionary)