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English definition of “exploration”

exploration

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌek.spləˈreɪ.ʃən/ us    /-splɚˈreɪ-/
the activity of searching and finding out about something: Livingstone was the first European to make an exploration of the Zambezi river (= to travel to it in order to discover more about it). We need to carry out a full exploration (= examination) of all the alternatives. The exploration (= search) for new sources of energy is vital for the future of our planet.
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