1 travel around an area
be keen to (esp. BrE), want to, wish to
be free to

In the afternoon you'll be free to explore a little on your own.


companies exploring for oil

2 think about sth in detail
fully, thoroughly

These questions have not been fully explored yet.

properly, systematically
carefully, deeply (esp. AmE), in detail

This idea is worth exploring in some detail.


The movie usefully explores some of the issues surrounding adoption.

need to
be keen to (esp. BrE), want to, wish to
aim to, seek to
begin to, continue to
Explore is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑article, ↑artist, ↑chapter, ↑essay, ↑exhibit, ↑paper, ↑research, ↑researcher, ↑study
Explore is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alternative, ↑area, ↑aspect, ↑avenue, ↑cave, ↑complexity, ↑concept, ↑connection, ↑consequence, ↑delight, ↑difference, ↑dimension, ↑effect, ↑environment, ↑extent, ↑feasibility, ↑frontier, ↑galaxy, ↑heritage, ↑idea, ↑impact, ↑implication, ↑influence, ↑issue, ↑limit, ↑link, ↑meaning, ↑moon, ↑mystery, ↑myth, ↑nature, ↑neighbourhood, ↑ocean, ↑paradox, ↑perception, ↑possibility, ↑potential, ↑problem, ↑question, ↑reach, ↑reason, ↑region, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑relevance, ↑role, ↑root, ↑sexuality, ↑strategy, ↑subject, ↑terrain, ↑territory, ↑theme, ↑topic, ↑unknown, ↑way, ↑wilderness, ↑wonder, ↑workings, ↑world, ↑wreck

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