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rummage

verb rum·mage \ ˈrə-mij \

Definition of rummage

rummaged; rummaging
intransitive verb
1 :to make a thorough search or investigation
2 :to engage in an undirected or haphazard search
transitive verb
1 :to make a thorough search through :ransack
  • rummaged the attic
2 :to examine minutely and completely
3 :to discover by searching

rummager

noun

Examples of rummage in a Sentence

  1. He rummaged through the attic for his baseball card collection.

  2. He rummaged in his pocket for the receipt.

  3. I heard you rummaging around in the refrigerator.

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Origin and Etymology of rummage

rummage Synonyms

Synonyms
ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), find, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up
Antonyms
miss, overlook, pass over
Related Words
espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seek
Near Antonyms
lose, mislay, misplace, misset

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rummage

noun

Definition of rummage

1 a :a confused miscellaneous collection
b :items for sale at a rummage sale
2 :a thorough search especially among a confusion of objects

Examples of rummage in a Sentence

  1. a rummage of textbooks, notebooks, and old school papers all over the desk

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Origin and Etymology of rummage

obsolete English romage act of stowing cargo, modification of Middle French arrimage, from arrimer to stow, from a- (from Latin ad-) + -rimer, from Middle English rimen to open up, make room for, from Old English rȳman — more at ream



RUMMAGE Defined for English Language Learners

rummage

verb

Definition of rummage for English Language Learners

  • : to search for something especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place


rummage

noun

Definition of rummage for English Language Learners

  • : the act of looking for something among a group of things


RUMMAGE Defined for Kids

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rummage

verb rum·mage \ ˈrə-mij \

Definition of rummage for Students

rummaged; rummaging
:to search especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place or container
  • … Henry and his father rummaged through the basement until they found a gallon jar …
  • —Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins

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rummage

noun

Definition of rummage for Students

:a mixed up collection of different articles


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