experiment with (something)

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experiment with (something)

1. Literally, to use something as a component in research or tests. We got approval to start experimenting with this new procedure on mice, so we can see how the procedure affects their islet cells.
2. By extension, to try doing or using something new. I'm experimenting with basil tonight, even though I don't usually include it in this recipe. I just don't like the synth-heavy sound the band's experimenting with on this album.
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experiment with someone or something

to try different experiments on someone or something; to use different people or things as key variables in an experiment. They are supposed to be experimenting with new drugs. We no longer experiment with animals.
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Carl Friedrich Gauss, one of the towering figures of 19th-century mathematics, habitually discovered new mathematical results by experimenting with numbers and looking for patterns.
Scientists in this area are experimenting with small pieces of single-stranded DNA called oligonucleotides, or "oligos.
But many biochemists experimenting with oligos contend they see just that.
As a first step, McPherson suggested experimenting with proteins that were known to crystallize easily: chicken egg lysozyme, jack bean canavalin and concanavalin B, and beef liver catalase.
While scientists and public officials continue to debate the ethics of experimenting with human fetal cells, the first transplants of such cells into adults with Parkinson's disease are being performed.