What we mean by "research"

Definitions of Research

Oxford English Dictionary (second edition 1989)

A search or investigation directed to the discovery of some fact by careful consideration or study of a subject; a course of critical or scientific inquiry.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary (© 2006)

Diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (© 2006)

To study (something) thoroughly so as to present in a detailed, accurate manner: researching the effects of acid rain.

WordNet® 3.0 Princeton University (© 2006)

noun: systematic investigation to establish facts
verb: attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner

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