Definition of exploration in US English:

exploration

noun

  • 1The action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it.

    ‘voyages of exploration’
    ‘an exploration of the African interior’
    • ‘Trying to find alien life and a thorough exploration of Mars would be both popular and interesting goals.’
    • ‘He has been profiled everywhere, his name now synonymous in Britain with space exploration.’
    • ‘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 feels that India is equipped to take the lead in ocean exploration and research.’
    • ‘Now tourism is just one of several new possibilities emerging in space exploration.’
    • ‘Aren't you fascinated to know what the President is going to say about space exploration next week?’
    • ‘In fact, one of the goals of the space society's event was to increase awareness of Canada's role in space exploration.’
    • ‘The aim is to pay more attention to the human factor of space exploration.’
    • ‘I sent out my 5 pods, each containing a satellite and a probe for surface exploration.’
    • ‘Why not put space exploration on the back burner until we have solved more problems here where real life is?’
    • ‘It is the writers of science fiction who have ventured to show us what the possibilities of space exploration might be like.’
    • ‘Its mandate is sweeping to set the agenda for space exploration well into the 21st century.’
    • ‘What's ahead for the beleaguered agency and manned exploration of space in general?’
    • ‘There is, of course, one fly in the ointment, and that is the fact that space exploration costs money.’
    • ‘As a byproduct, space exploration provides us with expensive toys that are not designed for killing each other.’
    • ‘The mission to Titan has kicked off one of the most exciting years for space exploration in more than a quarter of a century.’
    • ‘I want them to know not only the history of space exploration, but the future of it as well.’
    • ‘The political impetus to push deep space exploration forward has essentially dissipated.’
    • ‘In September 1699 he sailed again making a thorough exploration of the Atlantic shores.’
    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. 1.1 Thorough analysis of a subject or theme.
      ‘an exploration of the religious dimensions of our lives’
      • ‘There must be complex mental health issues which need exploration and analysis.’
      • ‘Their knowledge and experiences can only add to the validity of the text in providing a thorough exploration of desistance.’
      • ‘Subsequently, it invites peer review and involves exploration of student learning.’
      • ‘At the same, this is a film of emotional depth, humour and intelligent exploration of its subject.’
      • ‘He then set about a thorough and painstaking exploration of what an orchestral work of the late 20th century might be.’
      • ‘The only remedy for this, of course, is passionate exploration and in-depth study!’
      • ‘Future research may include a more thorough exploration of these observations.’
      • ‘As a result the book is more a scrap-book of his personal reflections than a thorough exploration of the concept of community.’
      • ‘We brought to this exploration our prior study of relevant issues in our individual research.’
      • ‘That had been the subject of factual exploration and is well covered by findings of fact.’
      • ‘He was told that the study's exploration of options amounted to planning for failure.’
      • ‘I personally look forward to his future explorations on the subject.’
      • ‘Further exploration should not be limited to examining practices within pharmacy alone.’
      • ‘It's one of the best and most immersive explorations of the subjects that I've been involved with…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Research into retention is an important area for further exploration and analysis.’
      • ‘It is a structure which is perfect for a linear exploration of a subject - in this case, the rise and rise of Frank Gehry.’
      • ‘A period of exploration and study about ideas new to organizational life began.’
      • ‘He breaks away from standard realism into an exploration of the subject matter.’
      • ‘From Descartes onward, the Enlightenment was also concerned with an exploration of the individual subject.’
      investigation, study, survey, research, search, inspection, probe, examination, enquiry, scrutiny, observation
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Pronunciation

exploration

/ˌekspləˈrāSH(ə)n//ˌɛkspləˈreɪʃ(ə)n/