Explore is a verb that means "to travel in or through." You might explore an island, a European city, or the rooms of an unfamiliar house.

The Latin root of explore is explorare, meaning "investigate or search out." When you explore a new place, you want to see interesting things and get to know its people. Whenever you delve into something, or investigate it, you explore it. You can even explore an interest, like when you explore African art, or explore an idea or tendency in order to understand it — you can explore your fear of snakes to try to get over it.

Definitions of explore
  1. verb
    travel to or penetrate into
    explore unknown territory in biology”
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    open up and explore a new area
    cave, spelunk
    explore natural caves
    explore or survey for the purpose of making a map
    type of:
    investigate, look into
    investigate scientifically
  2. verb
    inquire into
    “Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness”
    synonyms: delve, research, search
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    explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
    search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine
    search for a location and directions by means of the MapQuest program
    explore anew
    beat about, cast about, cast around
    search anxiously
    type of:
    investigate, look into
    investigate scientifically
  3. verb
    examine minutely
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    examine thoroughly and in great depth
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    diagnose, name
    determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
  4. verb
    examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
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    put out feelers
    make some preliminary investigations or test the waters
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    subject to a medical analysis
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