exploration noun

1 of a place

ADJ. gas, mineral, oil, petroleum | polar, space | offshore the heavy cost of offshore oil exploration | archaeological, scientific | speculative | extensive | detailed

VERB + EXPLORATION carry out Extensive exploration was carried out using the latest drilling technology. | continue

EXPLORATION + VERB take place areas where mineral exploration is taking place

EXPLORATION + NOUN activity, drilling Exploration activity slowed during the 1970s. | programme | company an oil exploration company

PREP. ~ for speculative exploration for oil

2 of an idea/subject

ADJ. brief | extensive | deep, full | careful, detailed My ideas on semantics needed more careful exploration. | creative, critical creative exploration of music as a medium in education | intellectual | personal her personal exploration of spirituality

VERB + EXPLORATION need | continue