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verb [no object]
try 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 [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 [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
an 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 an act or instance of searching a database or the World Wide Web:time-consuming searches of the Internet Computing the systematic retrieval of information, or the facility for this.
) Law an investigation of public records to find if a property is subject to any liabilities or encumbrances.