Pronunciation key

( iks-plôr )
( iks-plōr )


v.t. [EXPLORED (-plôrd, -plōrd EXPLORING, EXPLORES]

[L. explorare to search out, investigate; ex-, out + plorare, to cry out, wail].

  1. Systematically investigate, look into something closely, carefully examine, such as Explore all possibilities.
  2. To travel into an unknown or little known region and learn about its natural characteristics; its inhabitants, land, wildlife, etc.
  3. Medicine. Diagnostic examination of organs in the body.


  1. To make explorations.


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition ©1985
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