Definitions for searchsɜrtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to look through (a place, area, etc.) carefully in order to find something missing or lost.

  2. to examine (a person, object, etc.) carefully in order to find something concealed.

  3. to explore or examine in order to discover:

    They searched the hills for gold.

  4. to examine (a record, writing, collection, repository, etc.) for information:

    to search a property title.

  5. to look into, question, or scrutinize:

    to search one's conscience.

  6. to pierce or penetrate.

  7. to uncover or find by examination or exploration (often fol. by out):

    to search out all the facts.

  8. to command software to find specified characters or codes in (an electronic file):

    to search a database for all instances of “U.S.” and replace them with “United States.”

    Category: Computers

  9. (v.i.)to inquire, investigate, examine, or seek.

  10. to find specified characters or codes in an electronic file by means of software commands.

    Category: Computers

  11. (n.)an act or instance of searching; careful examination or investigation.

  12. the wartime practice of boarding and searching any neutral vessel suspected of transporting contraband.

    Category: Military

Origin of search:

1300–50; (v.) ME serchen, cerchen (< AF sercher) < OF cerchier < LL circāre to go around, der. of L circus circle; (n.) ME serche < AF serche, OF cerche, der. of cerchier


Princeton's WordNet

  1. search, hunt, hunting(noun)

    the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

  2. search(noun)

    an investigation seeking answers

    "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"

  3. search, lookup(noun)

    an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property

    "they wrote a program to do a table lookup"

  4. search(noun)

    the examination of alternative hypotheses

    "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"

  5. search(verb)

    boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas

    "right of search"

  6. search, seek, look for(verb)

    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

    "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"

  7. search, look(verb)

    search or seek

    "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"

  8. research, search, explore(verb)

    inquire into

    "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"

  9. search(verb)

    subject to a search

    "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. search(verb)ɜrtʃ

    to try to find

    We searched everywhere for the money.; You can try searching the Internet for the book.

  2. searchɜrtʃ

    to look through bags or clothes to check for illegal items

    Customs officials searched him but did not find anything.

  3. searchɜrtʃ

    to try to think of sth

    people searching for a solution to global warming

  4. search(noun)ɜrtʃ

    the act of searching

    a search for survivors of the wreck; scientists in search of the cause of the disease


  1. search(Noun)

    An attempt to find something.

    With only five minutes until we were meant to leave, the search for the keys started in earnest.

  2. search(Noun)

    The act of searching in general.

    Search is a hard problem for computers to solve efficiently

  3. search(Verb)

    To look in (a place) for something.

    I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.

  4. search(Verb)

    To look thoroughly.

    The police are searching for evidence in his flat.

  5. search(Verb)

    To look for, seek.

  6. search(Verb)

    To probe or examine (a wound).

  7. Origin: From serchen, from sercher, cerchier, from circare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Search(verb)

    to look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city

  2. Search(verb)

    to inquire after; to look for; to seek

  3. Search(verb)

    to examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound

  4. Search(verb)

    to examine; to try; to put to the test

  5. Search(verb)

    to seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt

  6. Search(verb)

    the act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination


  1. Search

    Search is an American science fiction series that aired on Wednesday nights on NBC at 10 pm ET, from September 1972 to August 1973. It ran for 23 episodes, not including the two-hour pilot film originally titled Probe. When picked up for series production, the title had to be changed because Probe was the name of an existing PBS series. In the UK the series aired on BBC 1 under the title Search Control. The show was created by Leslie Stevens, and produced by Leslie Stevens, Robert Justman, John Strong and Tony Spinner. The high concept was described as "science fiction in today's world" and the episodes featured many high-tech elements which are considered common in current science fiction shows.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. search

    1. An operation to locate an enemy force known or believed to be at sea. 2. A systematic reconnaissance of a defined area, so that all parts of the area have passed within visibility. 3. To distribute gunfire over an area in depth by successive changes in gun elevation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2021

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4145

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Nouns Frequency: #838

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Verbs Frequency: #454

Anagrams of search

  1. achers, Arches, arches, casher, chaser, eschar

Translations for search

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with for ) to look for something by careful examination

Have you searched through your pockets thoroughly?; I've been searching for that book for weeks.

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