research

  

Definition

Systematic investigative process employed to increase or revise current knowledge by discovering new facts. It is divided into two general categories: (1) Basic research is inquiry aimed at increasing scientific knowledge, and (2) Applied research is effort aimed at using basic research for solving problems or developing new processes, products, or techniques.

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  • I took them on a tour of our research and development laboratory as I thought my son would find it interesting.

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  • I did not understand why my electric bill was so high so I did some research to figure out what had changed from previous months.

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  • When preparing a new wage scale, it's important for an employer to do adequate research to determine what other companies pay for similar positions.

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