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re·search  audio  (r-sûrch, rsûrch) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Scholarly or scientific investigation or inquiry. See Synonyms at inquiry.
  2. Close, careful study.
VERB:
re·searched, re·search·ing, re·search·es
VERB:
intr.
To engage in or perform research.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To study (something) thoroughly so as to present in a detailed, accurate manner: researching the effects of acid rain.
  2. To do research for: research a magazine article.

ETYMOLOGY:
Obsolete French recerche, from recercher, to search closely, from Old French : re-, re- + cerchier, to search ; see search

OTHER FORMS:
re·searcha·ble(Adjective), re·searcher or re·searchist(Noun)


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