In their spare time, teenagers LOVE doing extra research, by investigating the facts of a certain subject and studying and recording what they learn. And if you believe that, you need to do more research on the habits of teenagers.

Research comes from the Old French word recercher, meaning "seek out," or "search closely." When you do research, you are searching for knowledge and facts. Although you write plenty of research papers in college, on anything from the Industrial Revolution to the meaning behind a fur-lined teacup, the term is often used when talking about science, because scientists use step-by-step research to prove what is true, or not true, in their line of work.

Definitions of research

n a search for knowledge

“their pottery deserves more research than it has received”
enquiry, inquiry
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nature study
the study of animals and plants in the natural world (usually at an elementary level)
experiment, experimentation
the testing of an idea
empirical research
an empirical search for knowledge
investigation, probe
an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
canvass, opinion poll, poll, public opinion poll
an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
pilot experiment
a preliminary experiment whose outcome can lead to a more extensive experiment
test, trial, trial run, tryout
trying something to find out about it
fishing expedition
an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
exit poll
a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
straw poll, straw vote
an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
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problem solving
the thought processes involved in solving a problem

n systematic investigation to establish facts

Human Genome Project
an international study of the entire human genetic material
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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
market research, marketing research
research that gathers and analyzes information about the moving of good or services from producer to consumer
research with the use of microscopes
an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity
research project, scientific research
research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses
big science
scientific research that requires massive capital investment but is expected to yield very significant results
biological research
scientific research conducted by biologists
experiment, experimentation
the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
market analysis
marketing research that yields information about the marketplace
product research
marketing research that yields information about desired characteristics of the product or service
consumer research
marketing research that yields information about the motives and needs of different classes of consumers
electron microscopy
microscopy with the use of electron microscopes
dark field illumination, dark ground illumination
a form of microscopic examination of living material by scattered light; specimens appear luminous against a dark background
fluorescence microscopy
light microscopy in which the specimen is irradiated at wavelengths that excite fluorochromes
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investigating, investigation
the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

v inquire into

“the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project”
explore, 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
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investigate, look into
investigate scientifically

v attempt to find out in a systematic and scientific manner

“The student researched the history of that word”
consult, look up, refer
seek information from
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investigate, look into
investigate scientifically

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