Definition of exploration in English:



  • 1The action of exploring an unfamiliar area.

    ‘space exploration’
    [count noun] ‘an exploration of the African interior’
    • ‘Why not put space exploration on the back burner until we have solved more problems here where real life is?’
    • ‘He feels that India is equipped to take the lead in ocean exploration and research.’
    • ‘The beauty, the mystery, the danger, and the drama will always be a part of space exploration.’
    • ‘Demonstrations and exhibits, many of them interactive, will cover aspects on space, space travel and exploration.’
    • ‘He has been profiled everywhere, his name now synonymous in Britain with space exploration.’
    • ‘What's ahead for the beleaguered agency and manned exploration of space in general?’
    • ‘Trying to find alien life and a thorough exploration of Mars would be both popular and interesting goals.’
    • ‘I sent out my 5 pods, each containing a satellite and a probe for surface exploration.’
    • ‘The political impetus to push deep space exploration forward has essentially dissipated.’
    • ‘The mission to Titan has kicked off one of the most exciting years for space exploration in more than a quarter of a century.’
    • ‘The aim is to pay more attention to the human factor of space exploration.’
    • ‘I want them to know not only the history of space exploration, but the future of it as well.’
    • ‘In September 1699 he sailed again making a thorough exploration of the Atlantic shores.’
    • ‘It is the writers of science fiction who have ventured to show us what the possibilities of space exploration might be like.’
    • ‘As a byproduct, space exploration provides us with expensive toys that are not designed for killing each other.’
    • ‘Now tourism is just one of several new possibilities emerging in space exploration.’
    • ‘Its mandate is sweeping to set the agenda for space exploration well into the 21st century.’
    • ‘Aren't you fascinated to know what the President is going to say about space exploration next week?’
    • ‘There is, of course, one fly in the ointment, and that is the fact that space exploration costs money.’
    • ‘In fact, one of the goals of the space society's event was to increase awareness of Canada's role in space exploration.’
    investigation, study, survey, research, search, inspection, probe, examination, enquiry, scrutiny, observation
    expedition, trip, tour, journey, voyage, odyssey, safari, trek, hike
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    1. 1.1The action of searching an area for natural resources.
      ‘onshore oil and gas exploration’
      • ‘He had inherited a fortune from the family business of making drills for oil exploration, then dominated Hollywood as a film director.’
      • ‘The vast majority are aid workers, and the rest are mainly involved in oil exploration, although there may also be a few tourists.’
      • ‘This is followed by a major section that reviews the history of exploration and mining in the district.’
      • ‘Another core area is oil and gas - not only the area of exploration; the whole business is going to be opened up.’
      • ‘Our largest sector in geoscience knowledge generation, by far, is exploration for oil and gas.’
      • ‘Oil exploration is a risky, but potentially highly rewarding, investment option.’
      • ‘The energy needed for exploration and mine development has to be generated from costly oil and gas.’
      • ‘Advocates believe energy exploration and environmental conservation can coexist.’
      • ‘The allocation of blocks of the North Sea for oil exploration and extraction requires formal organization.’
      • ‘The exploration for oil and gas along the Namibian coast continues.’
      • ‘They have granted licenses for the two energy companies to engage in oil and natural gas exploration.’
      • ‘Whether the block contains any natural gas or oil requires actual exploration.’
      • ‘It would also specifically allow oil exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic reserve in the north of Alaska.’
      • ‘He called on the Government to help foster more gas exploration.’
      • ‘It is clear, and I think most parties will agree, that investment in gas exploration is expensive and risky.’
      • ‘The deal is expected to more than treble its production next year, creating enhanced cashflow to fund exploration in other oil provinces.’
      • ‘The land claim has become a second line of defense against oil and gas exploration in this region.’
      • ‘Collecting and making sense of this data is an important part of oil and gas exploration.’
      • ‘Hence, this technology can be used in routine exploration for natural resources and in environmental investigations.’
      • ‘Large sections of public land will be opened to natural gas exploration and production.’
      investigation, study, survey, research, search, inspection, probe, examination, enquiry, scrutiny, observation
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  • 2Thorough examination of a subject.

    ‘some changes in the care-giving situation may need exploration’
    [count noun] ‘an exploration of society and human nature’
    • ‘Further exploration should not be limited to examining practices within pharmacy alone.’
    • ‘He then set about a thorough and painstaking exploration of what an orchestral work of the late 20th century might be.’
    • ‘Future research may include a more thorough exploration of these observations.’
    • ‘Subsequently, it invites peer review and involves exploration of student learning.’
    • ‘I personally look forward to his future explorations on the subject.’
    • ‘From Descartes onward, the Enlightenment was also concerned with an exploration of the individual subject.’
    • ‘Their knowledge and experiences can only add to the validity of the text in providing a thorough exploration of desistance.’
    • ‘Research into retention is an important area for further exploration and analysis.’
    • ‘A period of exploration and study about ideas new to organizational life began.’
    • ‘He was told that the study's exploration of options amounted to planning for failure.’
    • ‘We brought to this exploration our prior study of relevant issues in our individual research.’
    • ‘He breaks away from standard realism into an exploration of the subject matter.’
    • ‘That had been the subject of factual exploration and is well covered by findings of fact.’
    • ‘It is a structure which is perfect for a linear exploration of a subject - in this case, the rise and rise of Frank Gehry.’
    • ‘As a result the book is more a scrap-book of his personal reflections than a thorough exploration of the concept of community.’
    • ‘The only remedy for this, of course, is passionate exploration and in-depth study!’
    • ‘It's one of the best and most immersive explorations of the subjects that I've been involved with…’
    • ‘At the same, this is a film of emotional depth, humour and intelligent exploration of its subject.’
    • ‘There must be complex mental health issues which need exploration and analysis.’
    • ‘However far you go in the exploration of this subject, you can be certain that there will be things around the corner waiting to surprise you.’
    investigation, study, survey, research, search, inspection, probe, examination, enquiry, scrutiny, observation
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