goo·​gle | \ˈgü-gəl \
variants: or Google
googled or Googled; googling\ˈgü-​g(ə-​)liŋ \ or Googling; googles or Googles

Definition of google 

transitive verb

: to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (someone or something) on the World Wide Web

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Other Words from google

googleable \ˈgü-​gə-​lə-​bəl \ or Googleable adjective
The Massachusetts trio may not have picked an easily Googleable name … — Leah Greenblatt

Google vs. Googol

The verb google and the noun googol are commonly confused because they have similar pronunciations. Google is the word that is more common to us now, and so it is sometimes mistakenly used as a noun to refer to the number 10100. That number is a googol, so named by Milton Sirotta, the nephew of the American mathematician Edward Kasner, who was working with large numbers like 10100. Google, on the other hand, is the name of a search engine as well as a verb that refers to searching the Internet using the Google search engine. (The search engine’s name was inspired by the number: the founders of Google chose the name to reflect their mission “to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.”) You can remember that the number is spelled googol by remembering that a googol has lots of o’s.

Two related words, googolplex and googleplex, are also commonly confused. A googolplex is the number 1 followed by a googol of zeros; the Googleplex is the Mountain View, California headquarters of Google.

Examples of google in a Sentence

Then where are they going, if not to Faulkner and Achebe and Naipaul?  … To the movies; to television (hours and hours); to Googling obsessively (hours and hours); to blogging and emailing and text messaging … — Cynthia Ozick, Harper's, April 2007 The Sports Gal and I delayed dinner plans so I could analyze the replays like a police chief. Eventually she realized we weren't leaving the house, so she made herself a sandwich and headed upstairs to Google divorce lawyers. — Bill Simmons, ESPN, 6 Dec. 2004 Have you ever googled yourself, maybe late at night, when nobody else was around? It's OK, you can admit it—everybody does it. — Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News, 17 Apr. 2004
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Years later, while trying to reconcile his past, Mr. Kaphar googled his father and found his mug shot along with those of 97 other men—mostly African-American—with the exact same first and last name as his birth father. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners Include Sci-Fi Junkie and an MIT Economist," 4 Oct. 2018 By googling how to rob a bank and watching heist movies, of course. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Intriguing 'American Animals' examines memory, guilt," 7 June 2018 On the night of June 11, 2016, Omar Mateen googled and visited Disney Springs, a popular Orlando outdoor shopping and recreation area. Tim Fitzsimons /, NBC News, "What really happened that night at Pulse," 12 June 2018 Janani Krishnan was googling the Riverdale star at an ice cream shop, and Cole was quick to notice. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse Caught A Fan Googling Him and His Response Was Funny AF," 5 Jan. 2018 People tend to google them, which means traffic, so we are told to cover them. Alex Van Buren,, "‘National Eat What You Want Day’ Is One Food Holiday We Plan to Celebrate—Today and Every Day," 11 May 2018 See our list of the South's National Parks here and start googling trail mix recipes. Southern Living, "A Visit to National Parks Won't Cost You Anything on These Four Days," 9 Jan. 2018 Canadians googled furiously to find out what this might mean. The Economist, "An involuntary celibate goes on a killing spree in Canada," 26 Apr. 2018 When Missi googled Derek Alldred, half a dozen mug shots of Richie—Derek—popped up, alongside news articles with alarming phrases such as career con man and long history of deception. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The Perfect Man Who Wasn't," 6 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'google.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of google

2000, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for google

Google, trademark for a search engine

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goo·​gle | \ˈgü-gəl\
googled; googling

Kids Definition of google

: to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the Internet

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