The closest word I could think of was quest or journey. But I think they don't imply a "search for truth". Here's an example of what I'm looking for:

Now I had the strength to continue [...] about UFO's.

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    Are you specifically looking for something other than "investigate"?
    – Oldbag
    Jan 23, 2015 at 15:18
  • @Oldbag Oh, you're right. That's a good word. I'm just wondering if there's something closer to quest.
    – wyc
    Jan 23, 2015 at 15:24
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    Simply research. Jan 23, 2015 at 16:07

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Now I had the strength to continue pursuing the facts about UFOs.


The phrase uncover the truth suggests a quest for something hidden or elusive. Merriam-Webster offers this definition and example for uncover

to make known : bring to light : disclose, reveal: uncover the truth

Similarly, seek out the truth.

  • Wow, how did you do that? Post the same answer twice?
    – wyc
    Jan 23, 2015 at 15:58
  • @janoChen By mistake, I think: re-post instead of edit. Now rectified.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 23, 2015 at 16:03
  • @AndrewLeach Thank you. Multiple open windows and new Mac navigation still befuddle me at times.
    – bib
    Jan 23, 2015 at 16:32

Now I had the strength to carry on my research about UFO's.


The word I would use is verify.

  • Verify would mean to confirm the truth, not to find it.
    – Chenmunka
    Jan 23, 2015 at 19:48

Detective work or sleuth work (I've also heard sleuthery, though this doesn't appear to be formally defined anywhere) all describe the process of investigating a mystery. Similarly, demystify describes the process of uncovering a mystery.

  • You can also say sleuthing. See the examples here.
    – Erik Kowal
    Jan 23, 2015 at 19:52


I think I would prefer identify the truth in contrast to the term UFO.

And, depending on context, you could possibly use the expression ferret out the truth, too. But, the closest I can think of that partially incorporates the idea of truth into the word, would be discover.



Suss is a verb meaning to discover or figure out (M-W) - that may be what is sought here.

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