Definitions for ransackˈræn sæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ran•sackˈræn sæk(v.t.)

  1. to search thoroughly or vigorously through (a house, receptacle, etc.).

  2. to search through for plunder; pillage.

Origin of ransack:

1200–50; ME ransaken < ON rannsaka to search, examine (for evidence of crime) =rann house +saka search (var. of soekja to seek )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray(verb)

    steal goods; take as spoils

    "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

  2. comb, ransack(verb)

    search thoroughly

    "They combed the area for the missing child"


  1. ransack(Verb)

    To loot or pillage. See also sack.

  2. ransack(Verb)

    To make a vigorous and thorough search of (a place, person) with a view to stealing something, especially when leaving behind a state of disarray.

  3. ransack(Verb)

    To examine carefully; to investigate.

  4. Origin: From ransaken, from rannsakka, from rann + saka; probably influenced by sack

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ransack(verb)

    to search thoroughly; to search every place or part of; as, to ransack a house

  2. Ransack(verb)

    to plunder; to pillage completely

  3. Ransack(verb)

    to violate; to ravish; to defiour

  4. Ransack(verb)

    to make a thorough search

  5. Ransack(noun)

    the act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage


  1. Ransack

    Ransack is the name of several fictional characters in the universe of the Transformers series. Ransack was first created in 1985 as one of the Insecticons. Since then the name was used for a variety of other Transformers characters.

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to search thoroughly in

She ransacked the whole house for her keys.

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