search engine

noun

Definition of search engine

: computer software used to search data (such as text or a database) for specified information also : a site on the World Wide Web that uses such software to locate key words in other sites

Examples of search engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Intuit also purposefully blocked its IRS Free File landing page from search engine results during the 2019 tax filing season, effectively shutting out eligible taxpayers from filing their taxes for free. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 10 May 2022 Bands is the largest search engine for events in the world. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Google is the search engine of choice for many people. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Apr. 2021 Indeed: Indeed’s main function is as a search engine for jobs. Anthony Derosa, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2020 If all else fails, using YouTube as a Google search engine for questions about specifics of the game can often yield good results, and leads to creators who are hammering away at the game’s more obtuse secrets. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 The company, which develops tools for search engine optimization, was founded in 2013 by natives of Belarus. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Mar. 2022 The company owns the world’s largest browser and search engine, and a huge advertising network. Matt Burgess, Wired, 27 Jan. 2022 The first way people form an impression is by putting your name into a search engine. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of search engine

1984, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2022

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“Search engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/search%20engine. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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search engine

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: computer software used to search data (as text or a database) for requested information

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