1 investigation, investigating, exploration, delving, digging, enquiry or inquiry, fact-finding, scrutinization, scrutiny, examination, inspection, probing, analysis, experimentation:
Her research into the causes of the disease have yielded good results. The government no longer supports much research.
2 investigate, explore, delve into, dig into, enquire or inquire into, scrutinize, examine, study, analyse, inspect, check in or into or (up) on, probe, experiment with, Colloq check out:
We are researching ways in which the virus attacks the blood cells.
detailed, in-depth, painstaking | extensive
He has carried out extensive research into renewable energy sources.
| basic | original | further | ground-breaking, pioneering
pioneering research into skin disease
| collaborative | empirical | academic, clinical, historical, medical, military, scientific, social, space | AIDS, cancer, etc. | animal
calling for a ban on animal research
a startling piece of historical research
VERB + RESEARCH
carry out, conduct, do, undertake
She's doing research on Czech music between the wars.
| be based on
One paper based on research conducted at Oxford suggested that the drug may cause brain damage.
RESEARCH + VERB
demonstrate sth, indicate sth, prove sth, reveal sth, show sth, suggest sth
What have their researches shown?
| produce sth, yield sth
Recent research on deaf children has produced some interesting findings about their speech.
RESEARCH + NOUN
degree | effort, programme, project, work
directing the group's research effort
| methods | findings, results | purposes
Copies of the tape can be made for research purposes.
| centre, institute, laboratory | assistant, group, student, team, worker | grant
Most research in the field has concentrated on the effects on children.
| ~ into/on
They are carrying out research into the natural flow patterns of water.
an area of research, research and development
spending on military research and development verb
carefully, exhaustively, extensively, fully, meticulously, properly, thoroughly, well | poorly
The book has been poorly researched.
She is currently researching for her next novel.
I spent two years carefully researching into his background.
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