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I long to live so that I can explore what is no less than a new world to me.

Five of us put off in a boat to explore—that is the last that I can recall.

He crawled into it with a leaping heart and began to explore.

Collecting my courage I set about to explore my surroundings.

Come, Clara; I want to explore the penetralia of this temple of Isis.'

The passage must lead somewhere, and it was large enough for her to explore it!

During their absence Hatteras was to explore the coast and take their bearings.

The doctor, Altamont, and Bell determined to explore the country.

Here there was much to explore, though an adult might not have thought twice about it.

The aggressive Martians would be only too glad to explore the Moon.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "to investigate, examine," a back-formation from exploration, or else from Middle French explorer (16c.), from Latin explorare "investigate, search out, examine, explore," said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "set up a loud cry," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plorare "to cry."

But second element also explained as "to make to flow," from pluere "to flow." Meaning "to go to a country or place in quest of discoveries" is first attested 1610s. Related: Explored; exploring.

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