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search

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verb \ˈsərch\

Simple Definition of search

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of search

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to look into or over carefully or thoroughly in an effort to find or discover something: asa :  to examine in seeking something <searched the north field>b :  to look through or explore by inspecting possible places of concealment or investigating suspicious circumstancesc :  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 persone :  to look at as if to discover or penetrate intention or nature

  3. 2 :  to uncover, find, or come to know by inquiry or scrutiny —usually used with out

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to look or inquire carefully <searched for the papers>

  6. 2 :  to make painstaking investigation or examination

searchable

play \ˈsər-chə-bəl\ adjective

searcher

noun

searchingly

play \-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of search in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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search

noun

Simple Definition of 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of search

  1. 1a :  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

  2. 2 obsolete :  a party that searches

  3. 3 :  power or range of penetrating; also :  a penetrating effect

Examples of search in a sentence

  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.



15th Century

First Known Use of search

15th century

Rhymes with search



SEARCH Defined for Kids

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search

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verb \ˈsərch\

Definition of search for Students

searched

searching

  1. 1 :  to go through or look around carefully and thoroughly in an effort to find something <… she searched the nearby shore for signs of an intruder. — E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan>

  2. 2 :  to carefully look for someone or something

  3. 3 :  to look in the pockets or the clothing of (someone) for something hidden




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Definition of search for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of looking for someone or something




Law Dictionary

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search

noun

Legal Definition of search

  1. 1 :  an exploratory investigation (as of an area or person) by a government agent that intrudes on an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy and is conducted usually for the purpose of finding evidence of unlawful activity or guilt or to locate a person <warrantless searches are invalid unless they fall within narrowly drawn exceptions — State v. Mahone, 701 P.2d 171 (1985)> — see also exigent circumstances, plain view 2, probable cause at cause 2, reasonable suspicion, search warrant at warrant — compare seizure Editor's note: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and requires that a warrant may issue only upon probable cause and that the warrant must particularly describe the place to be searched. Some searches, such as a search incident to an arrest, have been held to be valid without a warrant. administrative search :  an inspection or search carried out under a regulatory or statutory scheme especially in public or commercial premises and usually to enforce compliance with regulations or laws pertaining to health, safety, or security <one of the fundamental principles of administrative searches is that the government may not use an administrative inspection scheme as a pretext to search for evidence of criminal violations — People v. Madison, 520 N.E.2d 374 (1988)> —called also administrative inspection, inspection, regulatory search — see also probable cause at cause 2 Editor's note: The U.S. Supreme Court held in Camara v. Municipal Court, 387 U.S. 523 (1967), that a reasonable administrative search may be conducted upon a showing of probable cause which is less stringent than that required for a search incident to a criminal investigation. The Court stated that the reasonableness of the search can only be determined by “balancing the need to search against the invasion which the search entails.” Cases following Camara have stated that the probable cause requirement is fulfilled by showing that the search meets reasonable administrative standards established in a nonarbitrary regulatory scheme. border search :  a search made of a person upon crossing into the U.S. at a border or its equivalent (as the airport at which the person arrives in the U.S.) Editor's note: Probable cause is not required for a border search. consent search :  a warrantless search conducted upon the voluntarily given consent of a person having authority over the place or things to be searched inventory search :  a warrantless search (as of an impounded automobile) conducted for the purpose of placing personal property in safekeeping to prevent loss of the property and claims against police for such loss protective search :  a search (as a frisk) conducted by a law enforcement officer for the purpose of ensuring against threats to safety (as from a concealed weapon) or sometimes to prevent the destruction of evidence regulatory search :  administrative search in this entry shakedown search \ˈshāk-ˌdau̇n-\ :  a search for illicit or contraband material (as weapons or drugs) in prisoners' cells that is usually random and warrantless Editor's note: In Hudson v. Palmer, 468 U.S. 517 (1984), the U.S. Supreme Court held that Fourth Amendment protections do not extend to searches of prisoners' cells. strip search :  a search for something concealed on a person conducted after removal of the person's clothing

  2. 2 :  an act of boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas in exercise of the right to do so under international law (as in time of war)

  3. 3 :  an examination of a public record or registry — see also title search




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search

transitive verb

Legal Definition of search

  1. :  to conduct a search of <search the premises> <search a person> <search a title>

  2. intransitive verb
  3. :  to conduct a search <search for drugs in a school locker>

searcher

noun




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