verb \ˈsərch\

: to carefully look for someone or something : to try to find someone or something

: to carefully look for someone or something in (something)

: to carefully look through the clothing of (someone) for something that may be hidden

Full Definition of SEARCH

transitive verb
:  to look into or over carefully or thoroughly in an effort to find or discover something: as
a :  to examine in seeking something <searched the north field>
b :  to look through or explore by inspecting possible places of concealment or investigating suspicious circumstances
c :  to read thoroughly :  check; especially :  to examine a public record or register for information about <search land titles>
d :  to examine for articles concealed on the person
e :  to look at as if to discover or penetrate intention or nature
:  to uncover, find, or come to know by inquiry or scrutiny —usually used with out
intransitive verb
:  to look or inquire carefully <searched for the papers>
:  to make painstaking investigation or examination
search·able \ˈsər-chə-bəl\ adjective
search·er noun
search·ing·ly \-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of SEARCH

  1. They haven't found him yet, so they have to keep searching.
  2. The police searched her for concealed weapons.
  3. He was searched by the guard before he was allowed to enter the courtroom.
  4. The software allows you to search thousands of sites at the same time.
  5. She searched for information on the Web.
  6. He searched her face, hoping to see some glimmer of emotion.

Origin of SEARCH

Middle English cerchen, from Anglo-French cercher, sercher to travel about, investigate, search, from Late Latin circare to go about, from Latin circum round about — more at circum-
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SEARCH



: an attempt to find someone or something : the act or process of looking for someone or something

: an attempt to find information in a database, network, Web site, etc., by using a computer program

Full Definition of SEARCH

a :  an act of searching <a search for food> <go in search of help>
b :  an act of boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas in exercise of right of search
obsolete :  a party that searches
:  power or range of penetrating; also :  a penetrating effect

Examples of SEARCH

  1. We will begin a search for a new manager this week.
  2. I performed a search for the file.
  3. I did a Web search for restaurants in that area.

First Known Use of SEARCH

15th century


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