[n] systematic investigation to establish facts
[n] a search for knowledge; "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
[v] inquire into
[v] attempt to find out; "The student researched the history of that word"
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\Re*search"\ (r?-s?rch"), n. [Pref. re- + search: cf OF. recerche, F. recherche.] Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth; as, researches of human wisdom. The dearest interests of parties have frequently been staked on the results of the researches of antiquaries. --Macaulay. Syn: Investigation; examination; inquiry; scrutiny.
\Re*search"\, v. t. [Pref. re- + search: cf. OF. recerchier, F. rechercher.] To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.