explorationnoun [ C or U ]uk /ˌek.spləˈreɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.spləˈreɪ.ʃən/
Livingstone was the first European to make an exploration of the Zambezi river (= to travel to it in order to discover more about it).
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