Definition of search in English:


Syllabification: search
Pronunciation: /sərCH


[no object]
  • 1Try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly: I searched among the rocks, but there was nothing Daniel is then able to search out the most advantageous mortgage Hugh will be searching for the truth
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    • His lax brown eyes scanned the conveyor belt carefully, searching for a black duffel bag.
    • We walked among the shops, searching for anyone who was looking for an apprentice.
    • He mounted once more and began to trot among the trees, searching for the source of the noise.
    hunt (for), look for, seek, forage for, fish around/about for, look high and low for, ferret around/about for, root around/about for, rummage around/about for, cast around/about for
  • 1.1 [with object] Examine (a place, vehicle, or person) thoroughly in order to find something or someone: she searched the house from top to bottom the guards searched him for weapons
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    • Setting off the alarm at the security check, I was searched much more thoroughly than I'd ever been before.
    • The driver was searched by security guards but they did not check inside the lorry, said the newspaper.
    • Even I do not pay any attention to the armed guards searching me before I enter any public place.
    look through, hunt through, explore, scour, rifle through, go through, sift through, comb, go through with a fine-tooth comb; turn upside down, turn inside out, leave no stone unturned inexamine, inspect, check, frisk
  • 1.2 [with object] Look for information in (a database or the World Wide Web) using a search engine: search our online archive for stories dating back to February 1996 I must search the Internet for one of his pictures [no object]: you can search for recipes by topic or by entering a keyword
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    • I come across you useful site while searching for a hotel near the airport.
    • If people come to your site and consistently search for specific keyword phrases, then you know you are not making those keyword phrases obvious to visitors.
    • You can search their site for trips with last-minute availability by location, activity, or date, or other criteria.


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  • 1An act of searching for someone or something: the police carried out a thorough search of the premises he plans to go to the Himalayas in search of a yeti
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    • In search of answers, they bolted and ran to alternative practitioners.
    • In search of opportunities to fulfil his dreams, he goes away from his caring brother.
    • Systematic literature searches were conducted to assess the evidence for and against the effectiveness of kava extract for treating anxiety.
    hunt, look, quest; pursuit, manhuntsearching for, hunting for, seeking, looking for, on the lookout for, in pursuit of
  • 1.1An act or instance of searching a database or the World Wide Web: time-consuming searches of the Internet
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    • We found qualitative studies that focused directly on double standards through our computerized database searches.
    • They often asked questions that were too vague or did not lend themselves to keyword searches on the computer databases.
    • A computerized search through all relevant databases was also conducted using several combinations of keywords.
  • 1.2 Computing The systematic retrieval of information, or the facility for this.
  • 1.3 (usually searches) Law An investigation of public records to find if a property is subject to any liabilities or encumbrances.
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    • After a two-month search of public records in Britain, all leads ran dry.
    • She maintains that she did not discover the transfer until 1998 when her lawyer conducted a title search on the property.
    • Instruct your solicitor to inspect local and national searches and the title deeds for any onerous covenants, restrictions, etc.


search me!

informal I do not know (used for emphasis).



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  • These questions guide searchers to the most effective information sources.
  • That's very important to us and for the protection of our searchers.
  • So far, searchers have found no clues in the latest search.


Middle English: from Old French cerchier (verb), from late Latin circare 'go around', from Latin circus 'circle'.

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