Definition of “research” - English Dictionary

“research” in 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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noun [ C ] uk /rɪˈsɜː.tʃər/ us /rɪˈsɝː.tʃɚ/



a television/political researcher

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

“research” in American English

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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.
verb [ I/T ] us /rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri·sɜrtʃ/

[ T ] Obviously they didn’t research it and get enough information.
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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The research programmes should not just focus on the development of new drugs, but also on the question as to the simplest way to administer those drugs.
Preventing research in this field means prohibiting in advance, in the name of reactionary ideas, everything that could in future help to treat or even cure these diseases.
Consequently, research and development in the field of alternative energy sources is conducted and funded within the framework of the framework programme.
Further details on research to be carried out and specific financial allocations are contained in the specific decisions establishing the programmes.
Since then, many politicians, experts, research bodies, academics and leaders of public and published opinion have contributed their thoughts on the matter.
Neither are we respecting the agreement to invest more in research and development, and that too applies to both the private and public sectors.
There was a lot of discussion as to whether or not cultural institutions, universities, research institutions, etc, should be excluded under this directive.
Finally, there must be responsible research.
In practice little has been achieved when it comes to infrastructure, transport, environment, urban and rural development, fishing, enterprise policy, the information society, research, technological development, training and in-service training.
In order to make progress, we need more cooperation on investment programmes in all sectors, including training and lifelong learning which, together with education and research, are communicating vessels.

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