explore

Definitions

General English

Medical

  • verb to examine a part of the body in order to make a diagnosis

Travel

  • verb to make a journey or trip to find out about a place or to see something that you have never seen before

Origin & History of “explore”

Etymologically, to explore is to look for something by shouting. The word comes ultimately from Latin explorare ‘investigate’, which was based on the verb plorare ‘wail, cry out’ (source also of English deplore (16th c.) and implore (16th c.)), and it is thought that the word’s original scenario may have been hunters shouting to flush out (Latin ex- ‘out’) their quarry.
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