Meaning of “research” in the English Dictionary

"research" in British English

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researchnoun [ U ]

uk /rɪˈsɜːtʃ/ /ˈriː.sɜːtʃ/ us /ˈriː.sɝːtʃ/ /rɪˈsɝːtʃ/ UK also researches [ plural ]

researchverb [ I or T ]

uk /rɪˈsɜːtʃ/ us /rɪˈsɝːtʃ/

B2 to study a subject in detail, especially in order to discover new information or reach a new understanding:

She's researching into possible cures for AIDS.
Journalists were frantically researching the new prime minister's background, family, and interests.

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researcher
noun [ C ] uk /rɪˈsɜː.tʃər/ us /rɪˈsɝː.tʃɚ/

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B2

a television/political researcher

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

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researchnoun [ U ]

us /ˈri·sɜrtʃ, rɪˈsɜrtʃ/

a detailed study of a subject in order to discover information or achieve a new understanding of it:

The US government has funded some research on high-speed trains.
I like doing research.
research
verb [ I/T ] us /rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri·sɜrtʃ/

[ T ] Obviously they didn’t research it and get enough information.
researcher
noun [ C ] us /rɪˈsɜr·tʃər, ˈriˌsɜr-/

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

"research" in Business English

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researchnoun [ U ]

uk /rɪˈsɜːtʃ/ us

detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover new information or understand the subject better:

research into/on sth He is conducting detailed research into the effects of advertising on children.
carry out/do/conduct research The doctor has carried out extensive research on the superbug.
We'll need to do some research into the market before we commit ourselves.
It was a useful piece of research.
scientific/medical research He doesn't believe the scientific research.
a research assistant/student
a research grant

researchverb [ I or T ]

uk /rɪˈsɜːtʃ/ us

to study a subject carefully or in detail, especially in order to discover new information or understand the subject better:

research into sth She researches into the effects of climate change.

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

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