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Usage statistics for the noun research:

spoken English17.35%written English82.65% imaginative writing5.95%informational writing94.05%

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Definition of the noun research

What does research mean as a name of something?

Research is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: researches

  1. systematic investigation to establish facts
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: investigating / investigation = the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
    • more specific terms:
      • operations research = research designed to determine most efficient way to do something
      • field work = an investigation carried out in the field rather than in a laboratory or headquarters
      • marketing research / market research = research that gathers and analyzes information about the moving of good or services from producer to consumer
      • microscopy = research with the use of microscopes
      • probe = an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity
      • scientific research / research project = research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses
  2. a search for knowledge

Alternative definition of the noun research


  1. [uncountable] Diligent inquiry or examination to seek or revise facts, principles, theories, applications, et cetera; laborious or continued search after truth.
  2. [countable] A particular instance or piece of research.

Definition of the verb research

What does research mean as a doing word?

Research is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: researched | researching | researches

  1. attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
    • examples: The student researched the history of that word | Sam and Sue research the movie
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: investigate / look into = investigate scientifically
    • more specific terms: consult / look up / refer = seek information from
  2. inquire into
    • example: the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of research: explore / search
    • more generic terms: investigate / look into = investigate scientifically
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb research


  1. [transitive] To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.
  2. [intransitive] To make an extensive investigation into.
  3. [transitive] To search again.


Research is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 kilometres north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, Research had a population of 2,637.


  1. Research is a record label.
  2. Research is a record label.


  1. "Research" is a musical album of Sinoath.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  2. "Research" is a musical album of Seth Kauffman.
    • released in (7 years ago)


  1. "Research" is a book by G. J. Smit.
    • also known as "Research: guidelines for planning and documentation"
  2. "Research" is a book by Gig Ryan.
    • also known as "Research: poems"


  1. Research comprises "creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications." It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project may also be an expansion on past work in the field. To test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects, or the project as a whole. The primary purposes of basic research are documentation, discovery, interpretation, or the research and development of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge. Approaches to research depend on epistemologies, which vary considerably both within and between humanities and sciences. There are several forms of research: scientific, humanities, artistic, economic, social, business, marketing, practitioner research, etc.
    • also known as بحث
  2. Research a.k.a. Researcher: Araştırmacı, bilgi ya da gerçekleri doğrulamak amacıyla sistematik bir şekilde araştırma yapan kimsedir. Araştırmacılar; akademi, endüstri, hükümet ve özel kurumlar adına araştırmalar yapabilir.
    • also known as Postdoctoral researcher, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research
  3. Research magazine is a U.S. based monthly business-to-business publication.
  4. Research was a champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse who as a three-year-old carved out a unique place in Australian racing history by becoming the only filly to win the AJC Derby-AJC Oaks double.
  5. Research was an full rigged ship built in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia which was famous for a determined and courageous crew who replaced her rudder eight times to survive a crippling North Atlantic storm in 1866. Research was built in 1861 for the fleet of Thomas Killam and was the largest vessel built to that date in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. In the fall of 1866 on a voyage from Quebec to Glasgow, Scotland, her rudder was badly damaged in a sudden violent storm as the ship left the Gulf of Saint Lawrence at the beginning of her voyage. The rudder subsequently broke off entirely but was replaced by eight different jury rigged rudders which allowed the drifting and battered vessel to cross the ocean and reach her destination after 88 days. George Churchill, the captain of Research and Aaron Churchill, the first mate who carried out most of the repairs in the water, were celebrated for their courage, skill and determination. They both enjoyed the nickname "Rudder Churchill" for the rest of their careers. The ship was sold to owners in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1872 and then sold out of British registry a year later.

Phrases with Research

Phrases starting with the word Research:

  1. research lab
  2. Research Paper
  3. research staff
  4. research center
  5. research rocket
  6. research worker
  7. research project
  8. research director
  9. research facility

Phrases ending with the word Research:

  1. Basic Research
  2. Space research
  3. market research
  4. Primary research
  5. product research
  6. consumer research
  7. Original research
  8. empirical research
  9. marketing research
  10. Secondary research
  11. stem-cell research

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Research

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Google previewUnderstanding Nursing Research (2014)

Building an Evidence-Based Practice by Susan K. Grove, Jennifer R. Gray, Nancy Burns

The word research means “to search again” or “to examine carefully.” More specifically, research is a diligent, systematic inquiry, or study that validates and refines existing knowledge and...

Google previewReform in Undergraduate Science Teaching for the 21st Century (2004)

by Dennis W. Sunal, Emmett L. Wright, Jeanelle Bland Day

INTRODUCTION Action research is a method for education practitioners to systematically and self-consciously examine...

The difference between this approach and traditional research is that it does not end with data analysis, but leads to the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

survey research Survey research refers to the application of systematic measurements to a sample of people, groups, organizations, or communities to obtain comprehensive data patterns. As a frequently used mode of ...

Google previewResearch in Health Care (1996)

Design, Conduct and Interpretation of Health Services Research by I. K. Crombie, H. T. O. Davies

Health services research is a very broad church. Defining Health A significant event...

Health services research is the discipline charged with determining how to achieve this, through improvements in the delivery of health care. A review of the ...

Google previewInternational Business Research (2015)

by James P. Neelankavil

Exploratory research is a useful tool for hypotheses formulation and for understanding consumer vernacular. It is a very easy and cost-effective technique.1 Exploratory research techniques, though used mostly to understand consumers and ...

Google previewContinuing Professional Development in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2011)

by Peter Scales

Research is a high-hat word that scares a lot of people. It needn't. It's rather simple. Essentially, research is...

Research is an effort to do things better and not to be caught asleep at the switch. It is the problem-solving mind as contrasted with ...

Google previewDoing Action Research in Your Own Organization (2009)

by David Coghlan, Teresa Brannick

As the name suggests, action research is an approach to research which aims at both taking action and creating knowledge or theory about that action.

Google previewMining and Scientific Press (1921)

RESEARCH is a word that has been subjected to the usual maltreatment at the hands of many who are not qualified to undertake the work involved in a...

Scientific research is the foundation of all advance; it heralds the discovery of a new and hitherto unknown fact.

Research is an indication of painstaking effort to add to the sum of human knowledge; but the term is often usurped by the hit-or -miss ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

as well as databases of research abstracts that were written by experts. Hence, nurses could access almost any database via the use of the developed tools and technologies while working in ...

Google previewDictionary of Nursing Theory and Research (2010)

Fourth Edition by Bethel Ann Powers, Thomas R. Knapp

Since the publication of the third edition of the Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research, the landscape of the basic and clinical health sciences has shifted dramatically. In countries around the world, the heightened demand for more ...

Google previewWho Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy: The definitive reference guide to tracing your family history (Text Only) (2013)

by Nick Barratt

CHAPTER 3 Working in Archives This chapter explains how you can make your first foray into the world of record offices, archives, museums, libraries and other research institutions in the hunt for information. You will learn what sort of ...

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Usage statistics about research

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun research:

spoken English17.35%written English82.65% imaginative writing5.95%informational writing94.05%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun research:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb research:


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Quotes about Research

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act would expand research on embryonic stem cells by increasing the number of lines stem cells that would be eligible for federally funded research. (Steve Israel)
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Scrabble value of R1E1S1E1A1R1C3H4

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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