Meaning of “exploration” in the English Dictionary

"exploration" in British English

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explorationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌek.spləˈreɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.spləˈreɪ.ʃən/

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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(Definition of “exploration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exploration" in American English

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explorationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌek·spləˈreɪ·ʃən, ˌekˌsplɔ-/

the act of traveling to a place or searching a place in order to learn about it:

[ U ] oil/gas exploration
[ U ] space exploration

(Definition of “exploration” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exploration" in Business English

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explorationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌekspləˈreɪʃən/ us

the act of searching for something:

oil/gas/mineral exploration

the act of going to a place to learn about it:

space/marine/Arctic exploration

(Definition of “exploration” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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