- Scholarly or scientific investigation or inquiry. See synonyms at inquiry.
- Close, careful study.
To engage in or perform research.v.tr.
- To study (something) thoroughly so as to present in a detailed, accurate manner: researching the effects of acid rain.
- To do research for: research a magazine article.
[Obsolete French recerche, from recercher, to search closely, from Old French : re-, re- + cerchier, to search; see search.]re·search'a·ble adj.
re·search'er or re·search'ist n.